(@cbenton)

Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

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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20 votes
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(@colin0)

E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

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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19 votes
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(@billywhite)

Best Practices/Big Ideas

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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18 votes
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(@claytonc)

Fixed Broadband

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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18 votes
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(@cbenton)

E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

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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(@thnewsom)

Fixed Broadband

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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16 votes
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Smart Grid

Consumption Data Privacy

Utilities and non-utility providers of energy management services and devices should be barred from selling individual or aggregated consumer electricity usage data to third parties.

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15 votes
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(@greg00)

Adoption/Utilization

Time for fiberoptic

My understanding is that it took the FCC to force the phone companies to turn loose of DSL and allow all ISPs to provide DSL service. I pay my phone company for a “high speed” DSL line of 3M/640k, but I never get that. Just ran the test and got 1633k Down and 537k Up. I get almost daily ads from Qwest that I can get much higher speeds if I change to fiberoptic. However my ISP says the only way I can get fiberoptic service ...more »

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15 votes
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(@cbenton)

Health Care

Modernize Medicare to facilitate telehealth service

The National Broadband Plan should include a design to modernize Medicare to facilitate telehealth service. a.Remove Medicare's current geographic restrictions on the provision of telehealth services. b.Expand the types of facilities authorized to participate in the Medicare telehealth program. c.Allow for the provision of coverage of remote patient management services, including home health remote patient management ...more »

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Smart Grid

Electricity Data Access

Utilities should provide end-users access to real-time consumption and pricing data using open standards. Any deployment of Smart Meters should enable consumers to authorize devices and services to access their meter's data using these standards.

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13 votes
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(@cbenton)

Education

Support state, municipal, and school district efforts to bring robust broadband to schools

The National Broadband Plan should support state, municipal, and school district efforts to bring robust broadband to schools. One of the world's largest installations of wireless local area networks in production today has been constructed by the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest school district in the United States. It now provides wireless Internet access at every school in the district. As FCC ...more »

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13 votes
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(@cbenton)

Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

Fully fund the America COMPETES Act

The National Broadband Plan should include a recomendation that Congress and the Administration fully fund the America COMPETES Act including the National Science Foundation grant program for institutions of higher education that award associate degrees to recruit and train individuals from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math to mentor female, minority, and disabled students in order to assist such ...more »

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(@craig0)

Deployment

We need both wireline and wireless solutions, but only wireline solutions can deliver bandwidth-intensive broadband internet to

This idea is focused on ensuring that we don't waste our time and money deploying wireless internet solutions that will not meet our future needs for homes across America. Doing it right is expensive, but doing it wrong and sacrificing our future would be far worse and more expensive in the long run. In the Policy Brief, "Municipal Broadband: Demystifying Wireless and Fiber-Optic Options" (1), Christopher Mitchell states: ...more »

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