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Cabinet-level, interagency task force

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) should include implementation plans.

The Administration should establish a cabinet-level interagency task force to execute the NBP throughout executive branch departments and agencies. Modeled on the Information Infrastructure Task Force, this task force should be made up of highlevel representatives of federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, in coordination... more »

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Annual Report

The National Broadband Plan should direct the Office of Management and Budget to issue an annual report on the status of the execution of the NBP, with recommendations for additional steps and funding to ensure that the NBP realizes its goals.

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Manage Oversubscription Ratios

The way to make net neutrality issues go away is to create benchmarks and standards for oversubscription, packet loss, packet jitter and latency. By managing providers to specific and measurable quantities it will force a reinforcement of the entire infrastructure. Right now all the payment and all the emphasis is on access bit rates. If we are smart, we will manage the system from end to end so that the congestion... more »

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Lets regain our ground on Internet speed (we did invented it)

The United States invented the Internet, so lets become number one again for what we created! Americans like to think we are #1 for a lot of things, but Internet is not one of them. We rank (as of Jan 21, 2010) 29th in the world for download speeds and 30th for upload speeds according to real-world results provided by Speedtest.net (Results can be found at http://speedtest.net/global.php with an American IP address).... more »

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Problem with bandwidth test methodology

I would like to point out a problem with the bandwidth test provided on this website. The download file size is too small; my ISP temporarily boosts an individual’s bandwidth for file sizes less than 10 MB. The number provided by this bandwidth test is inflated two to this “power boost” feature. The easy solution is to have the test download a larger file size. Thanks

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Tune the tester to get the actual average of broadband speeds

Tune the broadband test to get actual download and upload speeds, as with technologies like 'PowerBoost' (which increases the speed dramatically only for the first 20 megabytes or so) will greatly inflate true download speeds.

If you only use third-party testing suites like Ookla, you won't be getting the true download speed and/or capacity which users actually experience. Other than simple buffering, what good is reporting... more »

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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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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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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.
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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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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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