Deployment

Submitted by (@olivas)

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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Wireless Broadband

Submitted by (@cbenton)

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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Wireless Broadband

Submitted by (@jeffcityjon)

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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E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

Submitted by (@jacie0)

More Public Input at Public Hearings

In addition to ample warning of a public hearing, the FCC should ensure such hearings are conducted after normal business hours so more people can attend. Scheduling meetings during the hours of 8-5 means that only people who can afford to take off work (or whose work is lobbying the FCC) will be able to attend. This skews the input toward those with money and away from those without. If the FCC wants to hear from ...more »

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Adoption/Utilization

Submitted by (@aychen)

Make Broadband Delivery Like A Utility

To achieve the goal of supporting a wide range of applications in diversified fields, broadband itself must first be simplified to be like a utility that concentrates on delivering resources only. Otherwise, users will be distracted by broadband issues and can not focus on applications of interest. This is particularly true for home environment where technical support staff in any form should not be expected to be a norm. ...more »

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Fixed Broadband

Submitted by Unsubscribed User

Seperate infrastructure from service

The fixed costs inherent in network rollout and development are such that true competition in the market for broadband as it is structured now is impossible: at most you'll get a duopoly of competing cable and DSL. In order to enhance content neutrality and bring competition to the market, you need to separate the infrastructure (which is a natural monopoly/duopoly) from service provision (which can be a true competitive ...more »

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Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

Submitted by (@cbenton)

Stimulate private sector investment

The National Broadband Plan should include recommendations to stimulate private sector investment in robust broadband, including: i.Accelerate depreciation of broadband equipment and tax credits for significant upgrades to existing network capacity. ii.Issue federal "Broadband Bonds" to finance, in partnership with private entities, deployment in un- and under-served areas, as recommended in California by that state's ...more »

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E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

Submitted by (@colin0)

Support for Community Media and Technology Centers

Cities and towns need support to help residents gain skills in computers and broadband technology. Community media and technology centers, including public libraries and other community institutions, provide digital and media training to residents using computers and the Internet. As the recently released report from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy explains, "People need relevant ...more »

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Submitted by (@billywhite)

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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Fixed Broadband

Submitted by (@claytonc)

Allow Municipalities to create ISPs

Why not ensure that cities will be able to create their own ISPs if the company operating in the area refuses to improve their service. I've heard of cities getting sued over this, ISPs claim cities have an unfair advantage in that they have access to lines of credit private companies normally wouldn't. While that's unfair, its also unfair to deny an area access to new technologies even when they're willing to pay for ...more »

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E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

Submitted by (@cbenton)

Bring more government information online in open formats

The National Broadband Plan should be part of broader efforts to bring more government information online in open formats that enable the private sector to present it to citizens in innovative and effective ways, empowering greater citizen involvement in policymaking. Using web 2.0 tools to create more transparency and make government data equally accessible to all, citizens will be able to track federal grants, contracts, ...more »

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Fixed Broadband

Submitted by (@thnewsom)

1 Network - Fiber- To every home, OPEN to all providers.

Electricity is in every home. Plumbing is in every home. Copper wire is in every home. Copper wire used to be the "network" standard, then cable came and it is now almost in every home. Now fiber is coming. We don't need 3 different networks, we need 1 new standard that supports ALL forms of DATA. Fiber-To-The-Home. It's time to upgrade the copper and cable networks and create a nationwide standard of networks based on ...more »

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