Broadband Consumer Context

Broadband Consumer Context

Carriers should serve people, then the other way around.

Carriers need to provide IP connectivity and then get out of the way. Net neutrality is critical. If the carrier gets to decide what content is appropriate or control the content I receive, then we will have eliminated one of the most significant aspects of the Internet - the ability to connect with any resource, anywhere on the Internet. Broadband must deliver the fastest pipes to the most people, not deliver the people ...more »

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Content must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities

When we think of all the ways that a broadband-supported Internet can facilitate independent living, we must be sure to say that that content must be designed and developed at the outset so that users with hearing, vision, and other disabilities have the same access to and usability. That is, we can't continue a course where we keep finding videos on websites with audio tracks that haven't been captioned, or where blind ...more »

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Change deceptive "Mbps" to the industry standard "MBps".

Most people do not know the difference. The former is Megabits per second, the latter is Megabytes per second. 1Mbps is 8 times slower than 1MBps. For quite some time now, the byte has been the standard for measurement in computing. It's quite deceptive to consumers to advertise with a non-standard form of measurement that most people don't even know there is a difference. It gets confusing to me sometimes. If I need ...more »

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Freedom to do whatever with our connection

We pay for our services, and a lot, yet most companies disallow you to do numerous things with the service you purchased! My big complaint with that is they do not allow the use of servers, at all, no matter how little traffic the server would get.

 

If we are paying for XMb/s, aren't we entitled to use it however we please?

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Court decision re: "Internet is only an information system"

Since the early 2000 years the courts have upheld the ruling that the Internet is an information system, not a video system. Comcast and others are pouring Cable video over the internet, and will ultimately utilize the internet for all cable programming....for a subscription fee. Any broadband plan must recognize how "Yesterday" the Court's "Not Video" decision, and Comcast's interpretation of it is, and include video ...more »

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US lagging behind in Broadband Speeds

The United States is behind in the broadband market and has needed to step it up when it comes to speeds and prices. You can get 100Mbps fiber connections in Japan for the same price as what a 15Mbps connection costs here in the US. If the provider's equipment can handle more speeds, then they should be required to boost speeds without increasing their prices. I think that the FCC should make it mandatory for ISPs ...more »

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Better Later than Never, But GREAT Idea!!!

Broadband.gov, what great idea for a site. BUT it doesn't go far enough to really take care of the Broadband issue. First the best step taken, was having speed tests by Ookla. They are becoming the new industry standard and since my ISP uses them, it makes it harder for them to dispute the results. But what needs to follow the test is a questionnaire to qualify the test results. Like, are they: as advertised; what you ...more »

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Hands off the internet, big brother.

It is NOT government's job to take over the internet, and government should in no way be involved in creating the infrastructure. Keep out of it private enterprise always does a much better job. And yes, I know the history of it and how it was created (it wasn't AlGore). But government should stay out of the way and keep their greedy hands OFF!

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Broadband Plan and Accessibility

Please consider designing the national broadband plan so it is accessible to people with all disabilities, including someone like me with a severe hearing disability. We require captioning of all videos and video type material. People with visual disabilities need JAWS or WindowEyes. Other disabilities have specific requirements, too. I suggest that companies working on expanding the national broadband system be ...more »

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Networking is something people DO to form their community.

We should think of the internet(s) as something that people and communities DO as a means to other ends. We should not think of the internet as a "service" that we "buy." I heard a brilliant quote: "The question is not how do ISPs recover their costs -- the question is why we keep insisting on funding our infrastructure by charging for services instead of recognizing that the infrastructure is not a profit center. ...more »

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