The National Broadband Plan should adopt the recommendations of the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities to overhaul and update the communications systems of EMS, 9-1-1, and public health facilities, based on these principles: * Encourage interoperable broadband networks. * Improve interoperability through better interagency coordination. ...more »
President Obama should, as promised, appoint a national cyber security advisor to coordinate policy to secure information and information networks. The FCC should work closely with this advisor to develop recommendations to include in the National Broadband Plan.
The National Broadband Plan should direct FEMA to create a Disaster Relief Mobile Services Unit to provide advanced telecommunications services to areas where the existing infrastructure has been devastated by disaster.
The National Broadband Plan should include a recommendation to restore funding for the Tribal Rural Law Enforcement Internet Project.
The National Broadband Plan should adopt the ComCARE E-Safety Program to enhance homeland security by helping bring 21st-century capabilities to emergency response, deploying integrated, interoperable, and interconnected wireline and wireless systems and applications. --- ComCARE (Communications for Coordinated Assistance and Response to Emergencies) is a national nonprofit coalition of over 100 members of the emergency ...more »
The National Broadband Plan should call on Congress and the Administration to convene a new blue-ribbon panel on emergency communications and information technology, such as that assembled by the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2003, to study the emergency telecommunications and IT systems and networks now operating across the nation. The panel should recommend to the Administration and Congress ways that those networks ...more »
The National Broadband Plan mus include designs to utilize broadband technologies to enhance public safety and protect homeland security. This should include a national effort to build a national 21st century telecommunications system that will provide for public safety and homeland security similar to the effort undertaken 50 years ago to build our National Interstate and Defense Highway system. This effort should ...more »
The National Broadband Plan should be part of broader efforts to bring more government information online in open formats that enable the private sector to present it to citizens in innovative and effective ways, empowering greater citizen involvement in policymaking. Using web 2.0 tools to create more transparency and make government data equally accessible to all, citizens will be able to track federal grants, contracts, ...more »
The National Broadband Plan should promote e-government programs that reduce costs and empower citizens to interact with their government online.
The National Broadband Plan should embrace efforts like the online "Public Internet Channel," now in beta at www.pic.tv, that serve as a "one-stop shop" for citizens seeking information and assistance in the areas of jobs and training, health, education, civic participation, and emergency preparedness.
The National Broadband Plan should establish a National Youth Tech Corps to identify talented young people in technology and train them for community service projects in technology instruction and digital inclusion.
The National Broadband Plan should mandate that all federal housing be wired for broadband. Simple access to Internet and broadband services significantly expands the public's options in terms of employment, education, communication, and access to information.
The National Broadband Plan must address digital literacy:
* Require digital literacy training in all federal education and worker retraining programs; and
* Support state and local digital literacy programs, and programs that aid access to the Internet for persons with disabilities.
The National Broadband Plan should promote digital inclusion of all citizens. The plan could propose tax incentives for closing the Digital Divide: * Tax incentives for Americans who donate their old computers to economically disadvantaged families; * Tax credits or subsidies for free or low-cost broadband Internet access for low-income households; and * Tax incentives to businesses for digital training for ...more »
Upstream internet speeds in the US are still abysmal. Much focus and discussion has been focused entirely on download speeds.