(@cbenton)

Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

Fully fund the America COMPETES Act

The National Broadband Plan should include a recomendation that Congress and the Administration fully fund the America COMPETES Act including the National Science Foundation grant program for institutions of higher education that award associate degrees to recruit and train individuals from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math to mentor female, minority, and disabled students in order to assist such ...more »

Voting

13 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Health Care

Tax Code

The National Broadband Plan should recommend that the Internal Revenue Code treat qualified health care information technology as a depreciable asset

Voting

-2 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Health Care

EHR and HIT demonstration projects

The National Broadband Plan should recommend that policymakers allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make federally qualified health centers eligible to participate in demonstration projects related to health records and heath information technology.

Voting

2 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Health Care

Modernize Medicare to facilitate telehealth service

The National Broadband Plan should include a design to modernize Medicare to facilitate telehealth service. a.Remove Medicare's current geographic restrictions on the provision of telehealth services. b.Expand the types of facilities authorized to participate in the Medicare telehealth program. c.Allow for the provision of coverage of remote patient management services, including home health remote patient management ...more »

Voting

14 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Health Care

Employ broadband to provide better quality health care and quality of life, at a significantly reduced cost

The National Broadband Plan should direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to: a.Define and catalog the types of entities that govern, oversee, operate, and/or create policy for the electronic exchange of health information and produce recommendations regarding the appropriate level of consumer participation and requirements for transparency that should apply to them. b.Require institutions and providers ...more »

Voting

11 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

Principles and goals

The National Broadband Plan should adopt principles and goals formulated by top educators for all federal education programs: * Technology should be promoted to the greatest extent possible in every federal education program and initiative. * Standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement should be required, such as the National Educational Technology Standards developed by the ...more »

Voting

4 votes
Active
(@olivas)

Deployment

Force the Telecommunications Industry to fall in-line in the US and remind them who is really in charge

Bring the US back to the top 10 countries of the world in terms of Internet connectivity. Force the phone companies to stop gouging us on broadband access over slow and antiquated xDSL technology. Take the "dark fiber" sitting in the ground and use it. Bring fiber to the "last mile" and up to the doorsteps of everyone, not just the big companies who can afford to put their own in. And offer high-speed internet for ...more »

Voting

26 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

Funding for the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies.

The National Broadband Plan should recommend appropriate funding for the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies. The National Center will support a comprehensive research and development program to explore ways advanced computer and communication technologies can improve all levels of learning and "make learning more compelling, more personal, and more productive in our nation's ...more »

Voting

4 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

Support state, municipal, and school district efforts to bring robust broadband to schools

The National Broadband Plan should support state, municipal, and school district efforts to bring robust broadband to schools. One of the world's largest installations of wireless local area networks in production today has been constructed by the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest school district in the United States. It now provides wireless Internet access at every school in the district. As FCC ...more »

Voting

13 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

One laptop per child

The National Broadband Plan should include designs to provide one laptop per child and support ubiquitous computing. The new Administration should provide federal funding to school districts that implement a one-to-one laptop program for students in grades 6 through 12 and provide funding for teachers, students, and parents who receive training in technology-rich educational services and applications. It should also provide ...more »

Voting

0 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

Create and fund the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust

Create and fund the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust and expand the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. The Digital Opportunity Investment Trust will advance the high priority of bringing technology into the educational system, emphasizing the creation of educational content and software that incorporates the vast range of technologies available. It will also address the critical need to digitize ...more »

Voting

3 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Education

Expand and reform the E-Rate program

The E-Rate program has been extremely effective in its mission of bringing the Internet to America's schools and libraries. But too often, that Internet access is so slow as to be obsolete and may be available on only one computer per school. The E-Rate program should ultimately provide free broadband to all schools and libraries, as well as sufficient hardware and software for students to use it. Intermediate steps include ...more »

Voting

8 votes
Active
(@cbenton)

Smart Grid

Nationwide Smart Grid

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) should direct th Deparent of Energy to report on progress made on achieving the the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007's "national policy goal" of a nationwide Smart Grid and recommend additional steps necessary to reach the goal, such as adoption of a Smart Grid investment tax credit, demand reduction tax credit, accelerated depreciation, or other steps. The NBP should ...more »

Voting

4 votes
Active