There are many people that don't have access to broadband, because they live out in rural areas. I feel real lucky to have fiber optics at home, but I would like to see these fiber optic networks expanded out to rural communities. Unlike cable and traditional copper telephone wiring, single mode fiber optic cable can carry signals up to 62 miles before having to be repeated! This is an ideal solution for bringing broadband, telephone, and television services to these areas that are limited to slow dial-up and high latency satellite connections. FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) is a networking technology that is currently in use by Verizon and other providers. This converged networking technology makes it possible to provide multiple services on one physical medium, thus eliminating the need to run multiple cables for each service. These access lines are also not being utilized to their full potential. The fastest speeds that you can get here in the US over fiber is only 50 Mbps and fiber has the potential to reach several terabits per second! We need to step up our speeds like Japan and other nations, because our broadband is slower than most countries. At the same time, the prices must go down for broadband access (i.e. $50 for 100 Mbps). The government should set a law that requires all ISPs to keep their prices between $50 and $80 and not a penny over. Japan has fiber optic access in three tiers ranging from: 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 1 Gbps with appropriate pricing ($50, $55, $80). It's time to speed up and extend America's broadband network to everyone with no caps, especially on fiber optic networks. The future is here today and change is needed now and not next year. BRING BROADBAND TO RURAL AMERICA TODAY!
Idea No. 253