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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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Seperate infrastructure from service

The fixed costs inherent in network rollout and development are such that true competition in the market for broadband as it is structured now is impossible: at most you'll get a duopoly of competing cable and DSL.

In order to enhance content neutrality and bring competition to the market, you need to separate the infrastructure (which is a natural monopoly/duopoly) from service provision (which can be a true competitive... more »

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Normalized pricing regardless of competition

Recently several ISPs have begun offering faster broadband rates at lower prices to regions that are served by another high rate broadband provider (usually a Fiber optic service), but leaving slower regions with the same high-price/low-bandwidth service.

Prices are not set fairly across the country. Those with the best options available are getting the best deal, while those in more remote locations, or where the local... more »

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Require advertisement of average user speed and advertisement of caps!

"Up to 32 Megs speed!", I kid you not, my ISPs ads have used that vocabulary and that claim. They of course meant megabits, not megabytes, but their service certainly doesn't give me 4 megabytes download speed - EVER! I get at most 2.5 MiB/s.

If I dare use that speed for too long, my entire connection is throttled to 500 KiB/S.

And apparently they have a very limited mentioning of their monthly bandwidth caps.

I think... more »

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Internet Regulation

Please do not regulate the Internet.

1. America's wireless consumers enjoy the broadest range of innovative services and devices, lowest prices, highest usage levels, and most choices in the world. Why disrupt a market that’s working so well?

2. There is fierce competition for wireless and broadband customers. Competition drives innovation and encourages companies to develop products, services and applications... more »

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REAL TITLE-1 BROADBAND COMPETITION SHOULD BE PART OF 09-191

Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

PERTAINING TO 09-191
Does this mean cities must allow more than one provider in a city franchise of Cable to provide service if in rural area or town?

I have heard some TWC/Brighthouse Networks areas allow Earthlink as a reseller of the network that it is competing with, but my Cable company claims... more »

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FCC / Comcast / Time Warner / Clearwire Need to Step It Up

As Comcast and Time Warner need a wireless strategy going forward they are starting to resell Clearwire's (CLEAR) WiMAX services( http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=24012 ). This represents a stepping stone towards the most immediate available solution to developing and deploying a viable and sustainable national broadband plan. This also can set the precedent for any changes the new FCC will make surrounding the 700MHz band... more »

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Broadband in Rural America

I would like to bring out that the electric coops are putting broadband thru out rural America right now thru one ISP. They are wireless to connect the property to the system so they don't have problems with the last mile. This is to accomplish the goal of broadband in rural America. Since I have been on them in June 2007 they only went down about 4 times which isn't bad for a service. The problem is they compete with... more »

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Phone Co DSL not serving all areas

Something needs to be done about the phone cos that are refusing to serve all customers. In many cases the lines can not support DSL but they are not spending the money to install the digital switches.
AT&T is installing fiber to new remote CO units that serve rural areas but they are not installing the digital switches to provide DSL. They also cap the dialup at 28.8
I do not know if AT&T is waiting for a grant... more »

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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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Local Telcoms, Fixes, and Alternatives

The last Mile
There are rural telephone companies that have no competition because of government protection. This is an old regulation and should be removed. These local independent telecoms do not have to worry about their infrastructure because of the lack of competition. As a result we have outdates lines that loose the connection several times a day due to rain, heat and wind. Now try running DSL in these conditions.... more »

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Make Broadband a Universal Service

I think the simplest method from a regulatory structure perspective is to force the deployment of broadband by making it a universal service that is required to be offered by cable, telco and fiber infrastructure providers. This would include minimum connection rates that would increase over time. This would eliminate the need for new schemes of managing problem, as universal service obligations and their management... more »

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