Broadband Consumer Context

Broadband Consumer Context

Change deceptive "Mbps" to the industry standard "MBps".

Most people do not know the difference. The former is Megabits per second, the latter is Megabytes per second. 1Mbps is 8 times slower than 1MBps. For quite some time now, the byte has been the standard for measurement in computing. It's quite deceptive to consumers to advertise with a non-standard form of measurement that most people don't even know there is a difference. It gets confusing to me sometimes. If I need ...more »

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Broadband Plan and Accessibility

Please consider designing the national broadband plan so it is accessible to people with all disabilities, including someone like me with a severe hearing disability. We require captioning of all videos and video type material. People with visual disabilities need JAWS or WindowEyes. Other disabilities have specific requirements, too. I suggest that companies working on expanding the national broadband system be ...more »

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Broadband service including Mobile Phone Service with Signal Traveling Bare Minimum

There is a technology that can service communities with BroadBand Service that includes i) Land Telephone ii) Internet Service iii) Television Service iv) Mobile Phone Service v) Home network on the go. vi) Two-way radio with Video and document transfer features. And all other teleshopping features that could include ...more »

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FREEE BROADBAND W/O THE GOV'T

Most of these comments are good, real good, but I kinda get a little worried when the gov't decides to give a helping hand to a system. There should be free broadband internet for everybody regardless of income. It is getting so that people actually need the internet and have trouble getting it even when they are paying anywhere from $40 to $100 a month!!! This why I believe the broadband internet should be free to ...more »

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Hands off the internet, big brother.

It is NOT government's job to take over the internet, and government should in no way be involved in creating the infrastructure. Keep out of it private enterprise always does a much better job. And yes, I know the history of it and how it was created (it wasn't AlGore). But government should stay out of the way and keep their greedy hands OFF!

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Broadband speeds

why is the U.S. behind on broadband speed of mere 10-15 mbps? we should be competing with Korea Japan and Frank with 50-100+ mbps! and at low costs!!!

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Save Results

I would like to see the results of the tests saved in a record so I could review them later. This would enable comparisons of times of the day activities.

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Don't let corporations isolate us as a matter of policy yet again.

RE: GN Docket No. 10-127 We need a strong FCC to ensure the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The NBP includes strategies for solving the broadband crisis in rural and other underserved communities. With little or no authority over broadband, the FCC will be powerless to implement these strategies. One of these strategies is support for community broadband networks. Tell the FCC that rural and underserved ...more »

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Content must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities

When we think of all the ways that a broadband-supported Internet can facilitate independent living, we must be sure to say that that content must be designed and developed at the outset so that users with hearing, vision, and other disabilities have the same access to and usability. That is, we can't continue a course where we keep finding videos on websites with audio tracks that haven't been captioned, or where blind ...more »

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Download tests OOKLA and MLAB appear unequal

Running the OOKLA and MLAB tests? Better run both, and run them multiple times. OOKLA gives download ratings to me which are repeatably 350-400% "faster" than MLAB, with the series run in a short timeframe. Appears they are not equal. And the results are being recorded centrally for some sort of analysis?

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Networking is something people DO to form their community.

We should think of the internet(s) as something that people and communities DO as a means to other ends. We should not think of the internet as a "service" that we "buy." I heard a brilliant quote: "The question is not how do ISPs recover their costs -- the question is why we keep insisting on funding our infrastructure by charging for services instead of recognizing that the infrastructure is not a profit center. ...more »

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Better Later than Never, But GREAT Idea!!!

Broadband.gov, what great idea for a site. BUT it doesn't go far enough to really take care of the Broadband issue. First the best step taken, was having speed tests by Ookla. They are becoming the new industry standard and since my ISP uses them, it makes it harder for them to dispute the results. But what needs to follow the test is a questionnaire to qualify the test results. Like, are they: as advertised; what you ...more »

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