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Providers don't want to be under FCC regulatory control

Part of the billions of taxpayer dollars that president Obama set aside to help the economy and improve the technology used in many parts of the government is allotted to greatly improving the internet infrastructure in America. Millions of Americans around the country have no access to broadband or simply can’t afford access.

One of the first steps towards overhauling the national broadband infrastructure will be the unveiling of a new broadband plan by the FCC on March 17. The FCC began working on the national broadband plan back in April 2009. The FCC is looking at multiple methods of funding a national broadband plan including reallocation of funds collected in the Universal Service Fund. Last week, the FCC announced that it is aiming for nationwide broadband speeds of 100Mbps, but ISPs are already saying it will be hard to hit that speed in the next ten years.

Reuters reports that the FCC's national broadband plan is set to be unveiled on March 17 to Congress. The plan hopes to bring affordable and fast broadband internet access to the 90 million Americans who lack service today. According to the FCC, the major barriers it sees to broadband adoption by more Americas are cost, digital literacy, and relevance.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement, "In the 21st century, a digital divide is an opportunity divide. To bolster American competitiveness abroad and create the jobs of the future here at home, we need to make sure that all Americans have the skills and means to fully participate in the digital economy."

Cost is one of the main barriers to broadband cited by the FCC. Subscribers to broadband access around the country pay on average $40.68 per month while those bundling with other services at about $37.70 monthly. The cost of getting a computer in the home is also part of the cost barrier to getting broadband for many Americans. The FCC has not yet said how it plans to overcome the cost issues to broadband adoption or the other barriers for Americans.

As the FCC gets ready to unveil the national broadband plan next month, broadband ISPs are speaking out against any new regulations form the FCC over their networks. The FCC has been urged to place ISPs under the same regulatory umbrella that telecom providers operate under by digital rights groups. A decision on an old case currently before the federal appeals court could possibly derail the FCCs plans for national broadband reports the 
Washington Post.

Digital rights groups urge the FCC to place the broadband providers alongside phone providers with regulatory controls. The FCC is waiting on the federal appeals court to offer a ruling on whether it has authority over broadband providers. The appeal if from a 2007 case against Comcast where the FCC found the ISP violated open-access guidelines prohibiting network providers form slowing or blocking websites.

AT&T and Verizon are two of the largest broadband providers in the country. Both firms penned a 14-page document along with trade groups arguing that classifying broadband service providers along with phone services would be to "extremist" and add too many onerous ruled for the broadband industry.

The paper written by the companies stated, "The proposed regulatory about-face would be untenable as a legal matter, and, at a minimum, would plunge the industry into years of litigation and regulatory chaos."



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I can’t get internet.
By RealTheXev on 2/23/2010 7:59:08 PM , Rating: 3
I don’t want to hear stupid comments on how there are rural area’s that don’t want or need broadband. Just because someone runs a farm and is surrounded by cows, perhaps they want access to watch ESPN, youtube, and who know what else? I don’t wana hear crap about how these area’s don’t want it? Back in 2002 I took a survey of everyone who lives on my parent’s road, and every single person said they would purchase DSL or another broadband service if it was available. We can’t even get cable out this way because companies don’t think we’re interested. This is about 25 houses in a 4mi road... yeah, we got some distance between us and most of us don’t live directly next to year other, but we want broadband service and have wanted it for years!

I ended up moving out of the area to go to school because I had to have faster internet then the 19k my phone line is capable of with a full hardware modem and extra line filtering! I’d have been happy with something closer to 56k, but I didn’t get that until I moved into an area that can get broadband ANYWAY?!

My cousin’s live in a similar area and even have a drive way that is a half mile long, BUT they can get DSL because some rich guy that lives on the same road as them decided to pay the phone company the $3000 or so to get the line run up the road. So yeah, if I had that kind of money just lying around, I could get broadband too since I was forced to move back in here for awhile.

Second thought, it’s just easier to move back into town… or better yet , out of the RURAL STATE of Pennsylvania. Just another reason the youth of this state are moving out en mass, compacting the issue of a state where most of the population is old and dieing!

Yeah, everyone works a white color job with fast internet access, thank you ignorant bastards, stick that finger back up your ass.




RE: I can’t get internet.
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2010 2:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
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BUT they can get DSL because some rich guy that lives on the same road as them decided to pay the phone company the $3000 or so to get the line run up the road
So you're saying the government should be this rich guy and pay up for everyone? There are advantages and disadvantages of living anywhere. In a big city there are lots of technological advantages but I can only see the bright stars at night. In the rural areas you have peace and quiet but no techological advances. Move the hell out if you don't like it!! People should decided what's more important to them then decide and live by those decisions.


RE: I can’t get internet.
By RealTheXev on 2/24/2010 9:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So you're saying the government should be this rich guy and pay up for everyone? There are advantages and disadvantages of living anywhere. In a big city there are lots of technological advantages but I can only see the bright stars at night. In the rural areas you have peace and quiet but no techological advances. Move the hell out if you don't like it!! People should decided what's more important to them then decide and live by those decisions.


Sometimes its about whether you can move or not. And no, I am not saying that the gov't should make the tax payers pay for this. What I am saying is, the FCC should force telecoms to provide service in area's where there is adequate demand, and there is so much demand here it's not even funny.

The social repercussions have been clear in this part of the state. Many young people fresh out of High School are choosing to move out of the community to far away collages, and broadband access is simply one part of a larger equation, but it IS part of that equation. No one would ever think of starting a tech related business in this area because of the lack of adequate internet access.

Gotta love how awesome a value PA education is. People take that education and move the hell out. Its not something all of us can do.


"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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