Please hurry up, we are way behind, it is critical to our economic survival
Broadband rollout is going well in areas where demand and market forces sufficiently incentivize private network companies, and federal actions must not devalue or weaken incentives for private investment. But there obviously remains the problem of areas where, for reasons of geography, population density, or other issues, a business case for deploying broadband is a challenge. At the same time the policy tool box... more »
The FCC should focus on widespread adoption of a standard rather than pushing the adoption of a particular implementation. Both cable TV providers and a large number of video device manufacturers seem ready to adopt Tru2way as the standard for smart video and device independence. Why not codify this standard and establish a required adoption date. After the adoption date, all devices that include a video tuner must... more »
Since 1992 USDOT has invested $1.5 billion to deploy an ITS on limited access highways and local roadways across America. Most of this investment was to construct broadband infrastructure. Unfortunately, USDOT policy is to limit use of this infrastructure for “transportation purposes.” We could achieve the objectives of the National Broadband Plan much more swiftly if USDOT would permit the use of excess capacity on... more »
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 »
Just get me something, anything. The only option I have right now is $60/month for wireless "broadband" via a cell phone carrier and I'm limited to 5 gigabytes / month. That's twice what it should cost for less than half of what I need. And that's not even 3G wireless. Would you pay for that? I haven't yet. So I'm stuck with dial-up because I moved into this house before the Internet was hardly even heard of back... more »
Super-fast internet for all would be amazing and fantastic--but we need to ask ourselves...are we willing to pay for it and if so how much are we willing to pay/give up? The other countries are ahead of us in the mobile broadband market because their governments dictate all the wireless standards...sounds good except they take away choice/options for the providers. Are we willing to do the same? This one I think we... more »
serve the un served first then the under served and after that you can worry about other stuff like healthcare and the environment.
A lot of people are poo-pooing the idea of of delivering internet over powerline because it isn't as fast as cable. Quite honestly I'm sick of hearing it--you know what is SLOW--dial-up and satellite! And the rural locations those are currently the only two options available at this time--unless you're lucky enough to get cell phone coverage--then you might even have the option of 3G -- hold the oohs and ahhs. While... more »
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.
As Comcast and Time Warner need a wireless strategy going forward they are starting to resell Clearwire's (CLEAR) WiMAX services( http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=24012 ). This represents a stepping stone towards the most immediate available solution to developing and deploying a viable and sustainable national broadband plan. This also can set the precedent for any changes the new FCC will make surrounding the 700MHz band... more »
Pick a product that is available in the market to measure TRUE line speed and require providers to bill at those speeds. (Hughes used to have a product that would tell you the connect speed at xxxx time. Both the provider and customer has access to that data base). ex: (whatever dollar number is determined by some committee) 786 kbps = $20 per month 2,100 kbps = $ 50 per month Whatever sliding scale. This... more »
Have you considered turnign the presentations into Podcasts that can be downloaded onto Ipods? Apple should be excited to support this effort.
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 »
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 »