Wireless Broadband

Wireless Broadband

Bring the United States mobile broadband pricing in line with the rest of the world.

The United States has the highest pricing for broadband access in the world. It also has the most confusing set of mobile broadband plans found anywhere. Don't let carriers confuse consumers with extra charges and small print. Simplify contracts with plain language and simplify plans with plain terms. Serve the consumer, not the carrier.

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Stop bundling of devices and service

It is almost impossible to determine what the real cost of mobile broadband service (or for that matter cell phone service). All the companies seem to want to bundle phones/PDAs/Computers/NewWidgets with their service. Why can't they just sell service. Then, companies that sell devices can just sell devices. And the best services will survive and the best devices will survive. All that survives now is the best advertising... more »

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Wireless Broadband

Mobile Broadband

Verizon just increased the cost of mobile wireless broadband and they are making it mandatory on what they call "advanced phones", which will be most of the new phones. Obviously, we have a mono/duopolistic model that doesn't work. See the link http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizons-New-Wireless-Pricing-Is-An-Insult-104386.

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Wireless Broadband

GIS and Mobile Broadband as a means to reform education

We need to recognize that mobile computing is now a reality. Rather than allowing schools to buy cell phone jammers we should encourage them to employ smart phones for educational purposes. Imagine if students always have the opportunity to learn wherever they are. A GIS system coupled with locational-aware datasets could make this possible. When they go to the skatepark they could find out how many injuries have occurred... more »

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Wireless Broadband

Require Cell Companies to go wi-fi

I think the solution to cost, and "internet ubiquity" is to force the Cell networks to go to a overall wifi network that is interchangeable and able to be used by everyone. Compete on price and innovation, not hangups. The fact is our internet capability is "below par" and our cell network is below standard as well. Let's boost them up with a standards based open approach. This allows for lower costs for cell companies,... more »

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(@jeffcityjon)

Wireless Broadband

Mobile Data Plans

If I have a mobile data plan, I should be able to tether the phone to my computer without having to pay an additional fee.

 

I own my phone. If there is a tethering app available on it, I should be able to utilize this app. Who are the telcos to control what I do on a device that I own?

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(@jeffcityjon)

Wireless Broadband

End the lockdown of mobile devices.

If I bought a computer, I would expect to be able to utilize all the functionality of that computer. Why are phones different? Many phones have GPS receivers built in. Many of these are disabled by the carriers. You may re-enable the receivers by paying a monthly fee to the carrier. That is wrong. The same is true for applications. Many carriers only allow applications that have been signed by them to be installed... more »

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(@cbenton)

Wireless Broadband

Open New Spectrum

The National Broadband Plan should direct federal policymakers to open underutilized spectrum currently reserved for both public and private use for a new generation of wireless devices that will provide robust broadband service over great distances and rough terrain without interference to existing licensed uses.

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(@kevin0)

Wireless Broadband

Disallow forced services

Biggest example is with the iPhone. You cannot purchase one from AT&T to use on their network without subscribing to their iPhone data plan. If you only want to use it for voice and Wi-Fi, you are out of luck. They require this additional service charge. This is clearly not in the best interest of the consumer. Likewise, if I wanted to get a phone and pay for data only, and use VoIP for the occasional phone call,... more »

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(@talk00)

Wireless Broadband

Limited duration exclusivity

As patents have always been, phone to carrier exclusivity should be something that is only allowed for a certain period of time. The iPhone being exclusive to AT&T is the best example of this situation continuing at the detriment of consumers. Limitless exclusivity encourages monopoly, which has frequently lead to unkind business practices. Whereas putting a time limit on exclusivity protections allow new players/technologies... more »

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(@mgeorge)

Wireless Broadband

Broadband in Rural America

There is one ISP thru the electric coops thru the rural America is putting in fixed wireless broadband. It is absorbing all the bandwidth at the major nodes right now to give broadband to rural America. When this ISP finishes it's job rural America will have the best communication and Internet in the US. It will be better than what they get in the cities and suburbs right now. It will make the telecoms and cable network... more »

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(@ralf83)

Wireless Broadband

Encourage Wireless Companies to Unlock Phones at End of Contracts

Most people like purchasing cheaper, subsidized cell phones. Carriers are able to do this because they will regain some of the lost cost of buying a phone over time with a contract. However, once a contract is up one should no longer be forced be locked in with the same carrier on a cell phone we bought. The FCC should encourage wireless companies to allow phones to unlock the phone's sim card slot so it can work with... more »

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(@maxdavis)

Wireless Broadband

The Undermining of the U.S. Copyright System is an Urgent Matter - Mobile Networks Can Revive the Integrity of Copyrights

FCC Wireless Broadband, Here and now we live in a self- publishing society thanks to the Internet and related technologies. The undermining of the U.S. copyright system by peer2peer file sharing abuse is an urgent matter that needs to be addressed now before it is too late. The good news is that there is a way to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. copyright system going forward if implemented promptly. We must act... more »

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