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State & Local Governments

Promote Telecommuting - Reduce Time and Energy Waste

Broadband access can play a much larger role in ameliorating profligate energy waste through reducing the need for daily physical office worker commuting. Yet many municipalities don't take into account telecommuting and remote presence when trying to plan for greener urban-suburban land use and transit. The paradigm of physically moving masses of office workers back and forth every day is clearly coming to an end, but... more »

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Wireless Broadband

Stop bundling of devices and service

It is almost impossible to determine what the real cost of mobile broadband service (or for that matter cell phone service).

All the companies seem to want to bundle phones/PDAs/Computers/NewWidgets with their service. Why can't they just sell service. Then, companies that sell devices can just sell devices. And the best services will survive and the best devices will survive.

All that survives now is the best advertising... more »

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Identify, target, and then fund

First identify the areas that are underserved and unserved, then evaluate the stimulus applications that propose to serve those areas. Without identifying the area of need, first, the process risks the result that many underserved areas are better built out, but that unserved areas remain.

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Deployment

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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Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

BroadbandUSA Grants & Job Creation - Let's Keep Track of the Jobs Created as a REAL SCORECARD!

With ARRA and the Broadband grants opportunities now available, and the process to leverage broadband investments advancing consistently, I believe the timetable originally set for the grant & project timelines will be met. There were some challenges in applying for the first round so far (uploading PDF's overloaded so I had to mail in documents), but I was pleased to see the challenges were being met. I was especially... more »

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Is the FCC aware that this site has no privacy policy?

This site, broadband.ideascale.com, is an official link from the FCC's broadband.gov site and has been announced as an official FCC website. However, it does not have any link to a privacy policy. Moreover, it is asking commenters and topic starters to include an email address or open an account. If the user supplies this personal information, it is not displayed on the main page, but part or all of it is accessible... more »

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Wireless Broadband

Low cost broadband

I feel that the national broadband plan,if it is to work,needs to be afforadable for everyone in the us. Since it seems evrything is going up but our paychecks. Low coast affordable broadband for all

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Focus on the agenda of the FCC's Chief Diversity Officer

Everyone can offer up idea after idea on this message board, but we should all consider the agenda behind the "broadband expansion" effort. The "means" to the "ends" do matter.

I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who is opposed to having broadband internet available virtually anywhere in the country. However, there are two greater issues to consider. First, our national debt and the interest on the debt... more »

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Fixed Broadband

Promote Competition and Remove

It would be great if there were true competition in the broadband market. I live in Phoenix Arizona and you have the option of Cox Communications as your internet and television provider or switching to poor quality satellite internet and television. Essentially Cox is the ONLY choice here in Phoenix if you have any sort of speed requirements to your internet connection (such as live chat, streaming any sort of content,... more »

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Wireless Broadband

Mobile Broadband

Verizon just increased the cost of mobile wireless broadband and they are making it mandatory on what they call "advanced phones", which will be most of the new phones. Obviously, we have a mono/duopolistic model that doesn't work. See the link http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizons-New-Wireless-Pricing-Is-An-Insult-104386.

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Economic Growth, Job Creation & Private Investment

Connecting Intelligent Communities.

Most of the time the simple solution normally is the better one. The main problem is to satisfied every player in the Broadband sector Carriers,Providers and consumers. A multifunctional solution should include all this sector involve in a national plan. So we propose a simple one.

Internet3.
Learning from past mistakes and the government taking in mind all sector involves on this matter migrate to a new Digital and... more »

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Broadband Consumer Context

Carriers should serve people, then the other way around.

Carriers need to provide IP connectivity and then get out of the way.
Net neutrality is critical. If the carrier gets to decide what content is appropriate or control the content I receive, then we will have eliminated one of the most significant aspects of the Internet - the ability to connect with any resource, anywhere on the Internet. Broadband must deliver the fastest pipes to the most people, not deliver the people... more »

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Leverage National Service Projects to Speed Education and Adoption

There are several AmeriCorps National Service projects that already concentrate on capacity building or direct service instruction to increase digital literacy in low-income communities in the United States (www.technologypower.org, www.transmissionproject.org).

 

These programs can be expanded or used to model other community-based technology instruction programs across the United States.

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