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Old 2010-03-19, 12:06   Link #1
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US National Broadband Plan. What are your thoughts?

FCC just a few days ago unveiled their national broadband bill (can be viewed right here) which proposes higher speed baseline of 4mbps, advertising improvements, push for better mobile broadband and other good stuff. However, it brings drawbacks such as increases in broadband and phone services, as described by Broadband Reports

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While the FCC repeatedly states their goal for the plan is to deliver "affordable" broadband to Americans by 2020, the proposals could actually raise your broadband costs. The plan imposes a new "Connections" fee as part of an overhaul of the USF that will be used for deploying broadband to under-served markets. While good for under-served markets, that means a higher bill for you. The plan annoyingly omits how much this fee could be, but once the details are hashed out, it could raise your monthly broadband bill from anywhere from $1 to $5 a month.

In addition, the FCC recommends to Congress that they allow increases in the FCC subscriber line charge, which is money that goes right back to carriers. The plan is vague when it comes to hard numbers per subscriber here as well, but industry analyst Dave Burstein tells us his his initial analysis suggests the plan could actually wind up with American families paying $5-$10 more a month when it's all said and done. Yes, maybe this money goes back to the public, but given the FCC history on this front, maybe this money goes into AT&T's pocket. Of course also tied directly to high consumer prices is the fact that...
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The problem will bring higher broadband costs for people who are already have broadband and not living in areas that don't have broadband. I think people who are paying for broadband shouldn't have to pay a tax just so that people in rural areas can get broadband as well. We also don't know if this tax ends up in the providers pockets.

Anyways, what is your thoughts on the National Broadband Plan considering that America is behind in Broadband Speeds nationally?
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Old 2010-03-19, 12:40   Link #2
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Too little, too late, and the goal should be to make high speed access faster and cheaper, not more available to dead areas.

If those areas actually wanted to purchase high-speed access, the telcos would have already smelled profit and extended service to there. There aren't enough customers to make it worthwhile, so why should the telcos care?

The US Nationa Broadband Plan is focusing on the wrong issue. If the government wants to spend money on the WAN infrastructure, they need to take a page from S. Korea and increase speed and available bandwidth. And slap the shit out of companies like Comcast that retardedly oversell their minimal bandwidth and then throttle connections and/or send threatening letters to people who really only use what they bought and paid for.
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Old 2010-03-19, 13:30   Link #3
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You mean the U.S. has to deny those poor rural folks a chance to download porn at high speed?! That must be against at least one fundamental right of being human, no?

But isn't this similar to/exactly like the original idea of subsidizing telephone service in rural areas? I think that it's okay, esp. since the telcos are likely not going to put in the necessary infrastructure to handle the extra data coming across. Not everyone can or is willing to live in the cities, and short of either (1) the government taxing everyone to do or pay for the work itself or (2) the rural residents paying out of their own pockets, is there an alternative? The U.S. is just too darn big, and its people are scattered virtually everywhere.

Edit: Well, there is also the "taxing the telcos" idea, but the chances of that succeeding in a short period of time are almost nil, IMHO. The lobbyists will tie this up in the courts for years, and the telcos will just pass along the costs to their customers.

Out of curiosity, how does a country like Canada rank in terms of high-speed connectivity these days in comparison anyway? It's quite large in size, and its people are scattered as well - although not in the same degree, IMHO.
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Old 2010-03-19, 13:58   Link #4
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they're about 7 years too late to compete with the rest of the world.
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Old 2010-03-19, 14:03   Link #5
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Too little, too late, and the goal should be to make high speed access faster and cheaper, not more available to dead areas.

If those areas actually wanted to purchase high-speed access, the telcos would have already smelled profit and extended service to there. There aren't enough customers to make it worthwhile, so why should the telcos care?

The US Nationa Broadband Plan is focusing on the wrong issue. If the government wants to spend money on the WAN infrastructure, they need to take a page from S. Korea and increase speed and available bandwidth. And slap the shit out of companies like Comcast that retardedly oversell their minimal bandwidth and then throttle connections and/or send threatening letters to people who really only use what they bought and paid for.
Not to mention all that money we gave the telcos to actually create infrastructure but they inturn pocketed the money. What they need to do is make broadband a utility much like water and sewage. It works in places like Wilson NC where they paid for the system in bonds, but the telcos are so dead set on their monopolies that they have been overselling the connections instead of upgrading. If you look at the earning statements you'll be shocked at how much comcast and tw really spend on infrastructure.
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Old 2010-03-20, 16:50   Link #6
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Not to mention all that money we gave the telcos to actually create infrastructure but they inturn pocketed the money. What they need to do is make broadband a utility much like water and sewage. It works in places like Wilson NC where they paid for the system in bonds, but the telcos are so dead set on their monopolies that they have been overselling the connections instead of upgrading. If you look at the earning statements you'll be shocked at how much comcast and tw really spend on infrastructure.
Holy shit Nosauz, we're actually agreeing on something! The universe will now implode!
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