Campaign: Fixed Broadband

Make Broadband a Universal Service

Yes, let's please improve broadband and its infrastructure in the United States. It is sad to note that the United States is ranked 12th or 13th--depending on the survey relied on--relative to other countries providing broadband, in terms of quality of service. I favor increasing the use of fiber optics, replacing old and problematic technology and extending broadband coverage to rural areas. As well, Congress should ...more »

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AT&T asks the FCC to require wireline phones to switch to cell

In its filing dated December 21 09 and the company called upon the Commission to begin consideration of a formal deadline for the transition of all wireline customers to a wireless system comprising broadband and IP-based connectivity -- refraining from referring to 3G or 4G services in a cellular context. AT&T's reasoning: Carriers can no longer afford to maintain the old network while simultaneously building out the ...more »

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FIX WHAT IS ALREADY THERE

In large unincorporated areas, such as in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California, Verizon has bought up lots of small town phone companies, centralized everything, and then allowed ALL of the thousands of miles of equipment to ROT. You can beg for service from some guy overseas with an unintelligible accent to tell you it will be a month or more for anyone to do anything about it. Cables are coming up out ...more »

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GOV test agents not similar in speeds recorded

The testing agents MLAB and OOKLA were very different than tests completed at speedtest.net and speakeasy.net/speedtest. The other interesting event (I tested both twice) was the difference between then testing agents. My download speeds varied for MLAB @ 440kbps and OOKLA @ 2733 kbps. When using commercial test sites, I get 5600 - 5950 kbps routinely on my DSL high spped 6.0 service. Would like to see the advertised ...more »

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National Broadband Plan

So the National Broadband Plan is to sort of play catch up while the tech leaders climb ahead? 100 meg fiber-optic to every home within 2 years might catch our country up with the leaders. If we ACTUALLY want to LEAD our "PLAN" needs a serious upgrade!

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Require an ISP to keep up todate on there network

If we are not going to be able to shop around for another ISP then we should be able to expect our ISP to have a stable network not over sold and running smooth at any time of the day. People all over America work different shifts and should be able to expect there service to perform at a standard 24/7. People always say Fiber runs more steady, we should be able to expect the same from copper if that's all we can have. ...more »

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Stop telecoms from randomly cutting dry-loop connections

I have dry-loop DSL from AT&T. In the past year, I've had to have techs come out twice because some other repair person "accidentally" cut access to my house because they couldn't hear a dial tone on the line. The guy who came to repair it this time said that this happened all the time, and that non-DSL techs just don't know what to do. A friend of mine who has Sonic (another DSL provider) said that AT&T does this ...more »

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Allow Municipalities to create ISPs

Why not ensure that cities will be able to create their own ISPs if the company operating in the area refuses to improve their service. I've heard of cities getting sued over this, ISPs claim cities have an unfair advantage in that they have access to lines of credit private companies normally wouldn't. While that's unfair, its also unfair to deny an area access to new technologies even when they're willing to pay for ...more »

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Encourage towns to build fiber networks with guaranteed bonds

Funding for municipal fiber to the home should be provided in the form of guarantees for bonds issued by towns and cities, which would finance the deployment of fiber networks. The towns would either lease the local fiber networks to operators who would charge for access to the network (with strict regulations on minimum service requirements and maximum fees), or contract a network operator to manage the network, and ...more »

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What we need is competition!

What we need is competition, in order to foster better service and higher speeds; we need line sharing, especially since the Internet backbone was built with taxpayer dollars. By allowing line sharing new companies can move into town and offer different services at a lower rate. We the tax payers built the backbone of the Internet, and it has been given to corporations – we need to take it back! Right now if I want faster ...more »

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