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Capitalizing on the crowd

I think the broadband plan needs to incorporate--in economic analysis and in its promotion--the notion that pervasive broadband and digitial technologies may fundamentally transform models of economic investment and return through increased coordination and collaboration.

 

Put simply, the Internet-based "crowd" is changing the way we consume, inform, communicate, and produce.

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Plan needs a Digital Ecology vision to sustain healthy Broadband Media Ecosystems

Digital Ecology vision must inform the Plan to create sustainable broadband media ecosystems that serve the real needs of communities. Thanks to leading public interest advocates - here's a draft definition: Digital Ecology - An interactive, multidisciplinary inquiry of life in an increasingly digitized and technologically mediated environment. Digital Ecology explores how people interact with, are shaped by, and shape... more »

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Is the FCC aware that this site has no privacy policy?

This site, broadband.ideascale.com, is an official link from the FCC's broadband.gov site and has been announced as an official FCC website. However, it does not have any link to a privacy policy. Moreover, it is asking commenters and topic starters to include an email address or open an account. If the user supplies this personal information, it is not displayed on the main page, but part or all of it is accessible... more »

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Focus on the agenda of the FCC's Chief Diversity Officer

Everyone can offer up idea after idea on this message board, but we should all consider the agenda behind the "broadband expansion" effort. The "means" to the "ends" do matter. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who is opposed to having broadband internet available virtually anywhere in the country. However, there are two greater issues to consider. First, our national debt and the interest on the debt... more »

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Leverage National Service Projects to Speed Education and Adoption

There are several AmeriCorps National Service projects that already concentrate on capacity building or direct service instruction to increase digital literacy in low-income communities in the United States (www.technologypower.org, www.transmissionproject.org).

 

These programs can be expanded or used to model other community-based technology instruction programs across the United States.

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Make broadband affordable and competitive by eliminating price gouging at the wholesale level.

Want to know why high speed Internet service is so expensive in the US compared to the rest of the world? Or why many ISPs must throttle, ration, and/or cap bandwidth usage to avoid being unprofitable? Many, if not most, American citizens do not realize that it's because the wholesale costs which providers themselves must pay are needlessly high. Because the FCC has not yet acted on the issue of "special access" pricing,... more »

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(@jmulv81)

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Make Upload bandwith as much a priority as download

Broadband must be truly two way fast. Upload and download. In order for the technology to grow the bar must be set high. And companies must be forced to stop making claims that are false when it comes to speeds. For example the term "up to" claims should be actual and tied to peak usage numbers. Also two way high speed is needed, companies that offer a high download speed but and extremely low upload speed do their customers... more »

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(@broadband)

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Regulate in areas where it is needed; do not prohibit innovations that would help consumers

This "big idea"/"best practice" actually originated with the FCC's own Chairman. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated at the Congressional hearing on Thursday that the FCC should allow competition to solve problems whenever possible, and regulate only if there is market failure. The FCC should, for example, regulate the pricing of "special access" lines, because the ILECs are using high prices for these lines to cripple... more »

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(@bradbowman)

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Using Broadband Infrastructure to promote Jobs Creation, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Education through the buildi

Title: Using Broadband Infrastructure to promote Jobs Creation, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Education through the building of Social Entrepreneurship and Asset-Based Community Development modalities. _____________________ The primary outcome expectations of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) include significant jobs creation, promotion of economic recovery and assistance to those... more »

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(@billywhite)

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Unify Regulation for Broadband Services

Based on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Cable v. Brand X Supreme Court case, cable providers are classified as "Information" while telecom services (like AT&T) are classified as "Telecommunications," thus subjecting each to very different sets of regulations. As offerings by the varying service providers homogenize (internet, phone, television, mobile data, etc), traditionally classified telcos are heavily... more »

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