Campaign: Public Safety & Homeland Security

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Solar Flare Protections

I recommend that broadband networks be shielded to the extent required to keep several communications ports functional serving each city and town after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack or after an intense solar flare event. Our society is becoming so highly dependent on the Internet and broadband communication that this communication needs to be protected against events that can disable most or the entire communications ...more »

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Campaign: International Lessons

Catching up with Korea

Korea spent billions of dollars bolstering their broadband infrastructure and it shows. Their internet culture is ubiquitous. People watch TV shows & streaming news on their mobile devices on the subway! We need to catch up.

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Campaign: Health Care

Medical Records, More Fluid Communication, Better Care

It frustrates me that there are different medical centers that have my medical information and they don't talk. My information is in different places and it's hard for them to get it to one another. It's like they have to reinvent the wheel every time I come in for a doctor's appointment. They ask me my family history, prior injuries, etc. Google and Amazon.com probably know more of this basic information than my new ...more »

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Campaign: Education

Broadband connects remote areas to a world of knowledge

Universal broadband access is imperative for us to become the equal-opportunity country we envision ourselves. Imagine the most remote hamlet in a rural corner of the country, with students taking German or Chinese language courses, advanced mathematics, and reading rare books published online. This would harness the brilliance of our best students and bring our struggling students untold opportunities. Prioritize education. ...more »

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Campaign: Benchmarks

Move from "advertised" to "actual" speeds

I recommend that we move from measuring broadband performance (download and upload speeds) from "advertised" performance an ISP provides an end-user to "actual" performance at PEAK times that an ISP provides an end-user. While the end-users' true performance will vary based on a number of other issues (back-end connections, devices, etc) there are methods today to accurately track and measure the "actual" performance, ...more »

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Campaign: Adoption/Utilization

Data coordination

I recommend the FCC coordinate with other federal agencies to collect and analyze various data streams regarding physical broadband infrastructure deployment and consumer / enterprise adoption and use to ensure data interoperability and collect a wider range of relevant statistics.

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Campaign: Best Practices/Big Ideas

Capitalizing on the crowd

I think the broadband plan needs to incorporate--in economic analysis and in its promotion--the notion that pervasive broadband and digitial technologies may fundamentally transform models of economic investment and return through increased coordination and collaboration.

 

Put simply, the Internet-based "crowd" is changing the way we consume, inform, communicate, and produce.

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Campaign: Deployment

Do not fund satellite broadband or puny 768k/200k service

For the past six years my wife and I have lived in a rural area and worked out of our home. We've survived (barely) with satellite broadband, and are now paying $100 a month for service from HughesNet. It claims to be about 1.5m down / 300k up, but often fails to perform to that spec. There are times when we have to drive almost 30 minutes to a coffee shop where we can get a WiFi connection when the satellite connection ...more »

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Campaign: Adoption/Utilization

One definition of broadband for fixed and mobile

I suggest that we settle on one definition of broadband that is technology neutral, i.e. it sets a basic, minimum standard for performance and connectivity to the web and anything below that is NOT considered broadband. This would remove device or user specific issues, and focus on the true broadban plan goal -- basic connectivity for every American

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Campaign: Education

Innovation, openness and digital media in Education

I've found some interesting ideas in this document:

 

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/Future_of_Learning.pdf

 

I wonder if anyone has input on them? The questions about:

* Authority in learning?

* Classroom vs virtual?

* Learning vs participating?

 

I would appreciate any feedback or comments on this and what it means to you in your classroom, school or other educational domain. Thanks - Steve

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Campaign: Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Broadband plan must address needs of people with disabilities

The FCC's development of a national broadband plan represents a unique opportunity to assure that the nation's investment in a broadband infrastructure is accessible to all Americans. The Plan is intended to guide the nation's effort to create new jobs and stimulate economic growth and opportunity by accelerating the use and impact of broadband technology. This investment is predicated on the transformative power of broadband ...more »

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