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Do not fund satellite broadband or puny 768k/200k service

For the past six years my wife and I have lived in a rural area and worked out of our home. We've survived (barely) with satellite broadband, and are now paying $100 a month for service from HughesNet. It claims to be about 1.5m down / 300k up, but often fails to perform to that spec. There are times when we have to drive almost 30 minutes to a coffee shop where we can get a WiFi connection when the satellite connection... more »

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Net Neutrality Is Vitally Needed, even in Cities

SImply this: do NOT hand the future of a healthy internet to private telecommunications companies to run as they see fit. They have already proven themselves to be only concerned with profit maximization, pure and simple. They want to stifle growth and competition, and have already tried to do so. Lobby money is no way to administer the largest global communication network ever. I live a mere 10 miles from San Jose... more »

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(@billyroach)

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Online Gaming youth vs adult

In the online video gaming world the only effort seen to elevate adult gamers from children is equafax. With assumed identity never knowing the age of the other gamer and with the competiveness in game sometimes things or words get a bit out of hand. It seems the older gamers are in one category of bad for our youth and the youth who in most occasions say the worst are the victim. The ESRB ratings system is a great... more »

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Identify, target, and then fund

First identify the areas that are underserved and unserved, then evaluate the stimulus applications that propose to serve those areas. Without identifying the area of need, first, the process risks the result that many underserved areas are better built out, but that unserved areas remain.

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(@natalie.bannister)

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Satellite Broadband

Satellite broadband is a rural/remote product and should be a component of the broadband initiative. Technology has improved greatly in recent years for satellite broadband. With new techniques latency is not an issue. High cost terminals have been replaced with compact, low-cost ones. Service costs mirror terrestrial counter-parts. The new satellite technologies being used in other parts of the world offer affordable,... more »

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Use Satellite and dial-up ISP customer account lists as the starting point for better broadband.

After we bought a foreclosure/fixer upper in Memphis,TN, my spouse and I found ourselves in a 2.5 year saga to get decent internet service--within sight of the city. The house had ISDN, but AT&T was reluctant to activate it. They refused to put in a port for DSL, saying they were full in our area (but check back), and left us with dial up that routinely was half the speed of the dial up account we had in central Memphis... more »

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(@olivas)

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Force the Telecommunications Industry to fall in-line in the US and remind them who is really in charge

Bring the US back to the top 10 countries of the world in terms of Internet connectivity. Force the phone companies to stop gouging us on broadband access over slow and antiquated xDSL technology. Take the "dark fiber" sitting in the ground and use it. Bring fiber to the "last mile" and up to the doorsteps of everyone, not just the big companies who can afford to put their own in. And offer high-speed internet for... more »

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(@cbenton)

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Cabinet-level Priority

The National Broadband Plan should recommend that President Obama promote policies to stimulate both demand for, and supply of, robust and affordable broadband. The President should direct the heads of all federal departments and agencies to take specific action to: * Ensure that affordable, robust broadband is available to all Americans; * Include the use of broadband in meeting the mission of their agency;... more »

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(@cbenton)

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Broadband in Public Housing

The National Broadband Plan should include a plan to stimulate the supply of broadband in low-income communities by requiring as a condition for receipt of federal funding that public housing and other public buildings have robust broadband access available to all residents and tenants.

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(@cbenton)

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Targeted Programs

The National Broadband Plan should include plans to initiate and expand programs to extend broadband to persons with disabilities, seniors, minorities, Native Americans, and other populations that are too often on the wrong side of the digital divide.

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(@joseph.heeke)

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Satellite Used and Subsidized Where Appropriate

Satellite cost/speed offerings currently available do not meet the broadband needs of rural communities. Satellite is still the most cost effective way to reach areas of extremely low population density. Identifying those for whom Satellite is the most effective means of providing broadband (with a reasonable 5m/1m speed and subsidizing it through a revamped Universal Service Fund is one solution. The subsidies would... more »

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(@indy28lover)

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Promote for those without access and not upgrade those with existing services !

Not that anyone of any importance will ever see this but I will spell out my rant here with this corrupt national broadband initiative that is controlled by the big telco giants. Thsi plan should have been paid to the millions on an individual basis to be able to get high speed satellite internet and not paid to the telco's since they are doing nothing more than upgrading the services to those in gated or upscale communities... more »

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(@craig0)

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We need both wireline and wireless solutions, but only wireline solutions can deliver bandwidth-intensive broadband internet to

This idea is focused on ensuring that we don't waste our time and money deploying wireless internet solutions that will not meet our future needs for homes across America. Doing it right is expensive, but doing it wrong and sacrificing our future would be far worse and more expensive in the long run. In the Policy Brief, "Municipal Broadband: Demystifying Wireless and Fiber-Optic Options" (1), Christopher Mitchell states:... more »

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