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Opportunities for Small & Disadvantaged Businesses

Digital Terrestrial TV Stations

With the recent switch from analog to digital complete,the side bands/sub carriers should be alloted to small and niche networks for radio and data usage as this is Public Spectrum from which the ABC NBC,CBS Fox etc are making millions from over the air broadcast (Free TV).There is ample capacity especially for audio and data.Is there some Techie who can provide info and comment? FCC should encourage and mandate the Networks... more »

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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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Adopt a Standard for an Open Home (Video) Gateway Device

The concept of an open home gateway is one of the least noticed and most important of the components of a national broadband plan, and I believe the US is at a critical crossroads.

On one path is an incredible opportunity:
*to help close the digital divide,
*to create an entire ecosystem of connected TV that allow a freedom of communication that can quickly reach virtually all citizens,
*to create entire new industries... more »

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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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No more bandwidth caps!

There are several cable companies out there who are limiting their users to 250GB of bandwidth per month and some even charge for going over and that's not at all appropriate in a society that can far exceed those limits. We should be allowed to use our connection as we please and do what we want with it without having to worry about going over a bandwidth limit. Hosting home servers should be allowed without having... more »

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Forget speed, what about access??

Some of us have NO ACCESS at all to Broadband. What's it gonna take?? This isn't about pricing~ I pay *more* to have two phone lines so that I'm not bumped off the dial-up, and so that people can actually reach me. And I pay the same in this area for dial up as people who have low-end Broadband. This is obscene!! Broadband is not offered to us because we live in rural Arkansas. We've been clamoring for years for... more »

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Transcript for FCC Hearing at Gallaudet on October 6, 2009

There's a captioned video on the following page:

http://www.fcc.gov/live/workshops.html

 

It has a link to the FCC hearing at Gallaudet on October 6, 2009. While it is captioned, it takes a long time to sit through the videos and read captions. Can a transcript of the video be provided in an HTML format?

 

Thank you.

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Accessibility for People with Disabilities/Unemployeed

Not all people can afford to get a broadband connection. With the economy in the shape that it is in, and will more than likely be in a bad situation for a good while, people with disabilities and unemployeed workers are not going to be able to buy a plan of any kind.
Internet connection is a valuable resourse not only for the disabled/unemployeed, but all American citizens. From students to parents. It can be a very... more »

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Online Gaming youth vs adult

In the online video gaming world the only effort seen to elevate adult gamers from children is equafax.
With assumed identity never knowing the age of the other gamer and with the competiveness in game sometimes things or words get a bit out of hand.
It seems the older gamers are in one category of bad for our youth and the youth who in most occasions say the worst are the victim.
The ESRB ratings system is a great... more »

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Satellite Broadband

Satellite broadband is a rural/remote product and should be a component of the broadband initiative. Technology has improved greatly in recent years for satellite broadband. With new techniques latency is not an issue. High cost terminals have been replaced with compact, low-cost ones. Service costs mirror terrestrial counter-parts. The new satellite technologies being used in other parts of the world offer affordable,... more »

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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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Cabinet-level Priority

The National Broadband Plan should recommend that President Obama promote policies to stimulate both demand for, and supply of, robust and affordable broadband. The President should direct the heads of all federal departments and agencies to take specific action to:

* Ensure that affordable, robust broadband is available to all Americans;

* Include the use of broadband in meeting the mission of their agency;... more »

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Broadband in Public Housing

The National Broadband Plan should include a plan to stimulate the supply of broadband in low-income communities by requiring as a condition for receipt of federal funding that public housing and other public buildings have robust broadband access available to all residents and tenants.

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