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.
E-Gov & Citizen Engagement
It'd be great if there was a widget that would enable me to post my idea on my blog, Facebook profile, etc. This would generate more awareness, participation and engagement.
AT&T UVerse ftp upload speed is 56k/ps.
but the tv works ok and any housecall is threatened with a $200 truckroll fee to fix problem.... so i just shouldn't upload anymore?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 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 promote e-government programs that reduce costs and empower citizens to interact with their government online.
Why do we STILL allow local telephone and cable monopolies that offer overpriced service while locking out companies that have the ability to deliver higher quality service that aren't QUITE as overpriced.
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 »