In addition to ample warning of a public hearing, the FCC should ensure such hearings are conducted after normal business hours so more people can attend. Scheduling meetings during the hours of 8-5 means that only people who can afford to take off work (or whose work is lobbying the FCC) will be able to attend. This skews the input toward those with money and away from those without. If the FCC wants to hear from... more »
E-Gov & Citizen Engagement
Cities and towns need support to help residents gain skills in computers and broadband technology. Community media and technology centers, including public libraries and other community institutions, provide digital and media training to residents using computers and the Internet. As the recently released report from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy explains, "People need relevant... 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 »
Revise the Voting scheme on this site. Anonymous, cookie-based voting is so easily game-able and therefore unreliable. User accounts are a better way to prevent multiple voting.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »