Yes, let's please improve broadband and its infrastructure in the United States. It is sad to note that the United States is ranked 12th or 13th--depending on the survey relied on--relative to other countries providing broadband, in terms of quality of service. I favor increasing the use of fiber optics, replacing old and problematic technology and extending broadband coverage to rural areas. As well, Congress should... more »
Something needs to be done about the phone cos that are refusing to serve all customers. In many cases the lines can not support DSL but they are not spending the money to install the digital switches. AT&T is installing fiber to new remote CO units that serve rural areas but they are not installing the digital switches to provide DSL. They also cap the dialup at 28.8 I do not know if AT&T is waiting for a grant... more »
What we need is competition, in order to foster better service and higher speeds; we need line sharing, especially since the Internet backbone was built with taxpayer dollars. By allowing line sharing new companies can move into town and offer different services at a lower rate. We the tax payers built the backbone of the Internet, and it has been given to corporations – we need to take it back! Right now if I want faster... more »
I have dry-loop DSL from AT&T. In the past year, I've had to have techs come out twice because some other repair person "accidentally" cut access to my house because they couldn't hear a dial tone on the line. The guy who came to repair it this time said that this happened all the time, and that non-DSL techs just don't know what to do. A friend of mine who has Sonic (another DSL provider) said that AT&T does this... more »
So the National Broadband Plan is to sort of play catch up while the tech leaders climb ahead? 100 meg fiber-optic to every home within 2 years might catch our country up with the leaders. If we ACTUALLY want to LEAD our "PLAN" needs a serious upgrade!
Please do not regulate the Internet. 1. America's wireless consumers enjoy the broadest range of innovative services and devices, lowest prices, highest usage levels, and most choices in the world. Why disrupt a market that’s working so well? 2. There is fierce competition for wireless and broadband customers. Competition drives innovation and encourages companies to develop products, services and applications... 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 »
Let's summarize the proposed technology options for a National Broadband Strategy: Optical Fiber: - costs too much, - would put the nation in even more debt, - makes no economical sense in most geographies, - and will take far too long to deploy nationwide. As such fiber cannot reasonably be considered as the basis for a National Broadband Strategy. Wireless: - Limited spectrum... more »
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 »
In its filing dated December 21 09 and the company called upon the Commission to begin consideration of a formal deadline for the transition of all wireline customers to a wireless system comprising broadband and IP-based connectivity -- refraining from referring to 3G or 4G services in a cellular context. AT&T's reasoning: Carriers can no longer afford to maintain the old network while simultaneously building out the... more »
AT&T Uverse Internet is ultra fast BUT it's not in every area, I think that should be a priority, they have download speeds up to 24Mbps at a affordable price but they require you to have TV service too, I think they should offer internet by itself and make the wonderful service available every where.
Create laws for content creators and musicians and songwriters to get paid for there work, a blanket license. Also allow content creators to do direct deals with Fios Internet providers, no Government, just people 2 people.
I would like to bring out that the electric coops are putting broadband thru out rural America right now thru one ISP. They are wireless to connect the property to the system so they don't have problems with the last mile. This is to accomplish the goal of broadband in rural America. Since I have been on them in June 2007 they only went down about 4 times which isn't bad for a service. The problem is they compete with... more »