E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

(@cbenton)

E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

Bring Broadband to Public Housing

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.

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(@bernie.lubran)

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Measure satisfaction with the FCC website

Rather than relying on anecdotal feedback, the FCC should take a more scientific approach to measuring the effectiveness of their website in meeting citizen expectations and needs. The site is very complex and provides lots of information, features, and functions, which makes it all the more necessary to conduct some research to find out who is visiting the site, why they come, whether they are able to accomplish their ...more »

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(@ukstoolman)

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Fairness in billing for a quality product.

There definitly needs to be some over site. For example I have been paying for a 3mb dsl connection with TDS here in NE Alabama. I have been getting under 1mb of service in fact my speed test are inline with the dial up plans. I saved my copy of my speed test I really hope I can be reimbursed for such actions, I thought only health insurance industry was the only one that could charge you for a service without delivering ...more »

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(@mdburks)

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TeleComs, Fixes, and Alternatives

The last Mile There are rural telephone companies that have no competition because of government protection. This is an old regulation and should be removed. These local independent telecoms do not have to worry about their infrastructure because of the lack of competition. As a result we have outdates lines that loose the connection several times a day due to rain, heat and wind. Now try running DSL in these conditions. ...more »

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(@cbenton)

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Address digital literacy

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.

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(@cbenton)

E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

National Youth Tech Corps

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.

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(@cbenton)

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The Public Internet Channel

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.

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(@bkissel)

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OpenID for Broadband.gov

How about adding OpenID (Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc.), Windows LiveID, Twitter, MySpaceID, and Hotmail support for registration and login and activity stream social publishing to allow your users to publish their comments here back to Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. This will make it much easier for anyone to participate and will also drive additional traffic back to your site from the social networks. Check ...more »

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Move decisions into private sector industry groups

Tap into industry experts for decisions the way groups like the W3C does. Government bureaucrats have dubious qualifications for making this type of decision. Better yet, slowly transform the FCC out of the government and into an independent standards body. The only thing the government has a successful track record in is waging war. It is very, very good at that but not much else.

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(@cbenton)

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Provide tax incentives for closing the Digital Divide

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 »

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