Federal Communications Commission


September 30th, 2009 by Matt Warner

Matt Warner OIAt the E-government Broadband Workshop, former Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Graham Richard showed how digital solutions can make city government more efficient and more accessible.  For instance, when the city was considering adding to its fleet of street sweepers, it first installed a wireless tracking device on existing sweepers to see if they were being used efficiently.  They weren't.  Using information from the wireless monitoring, the city was able to create routes that were much more efficient, saving the city the cost of purchasing another truck and the staff to run it.

A Public Notice (PN) we are releasing seeks more information about how government at all levels have used or could use broadband and digital solutions to provide more efficient and more transparent government.  As illustrated by the example from Fort Wayne, Indiana, we recognize that there are likely many useful ideas for more efficient and effective government.  We need to know about them generally (e.g., what are the primary needs that broadband and digital solutions can help address in federal, state, tribal and local government).  And we need to know about the specific programs that have been implemented by governments and where these initiatives have succeeded and failed.

The broadband and digital solutions implemented now are just the beginning.  This PN will hopefully help us make broadband and digital solutions more accessible to all levels of government.  After reading the Public Notice, you can file comments using the short comment form in our Electronic Comment Filing System.  Please title comments responsive to this Notice as "Comments - NBP Public Notice # 7.  Or you can use our standard submission page if you need to attach a file.  You can also comment on this blog post.  Your posts will be included in the record.

5 Responses to “E-Government”

  1. Guest says:

    I'd like to note that with all of the ISPs now touting broadband usage caps similar to those currently unfairly imposed on wireless accounts, that they only way we can provide the above services to those with limited income will be to force them to pay egregious fees to already-rich broadband providers to access said internet enabled e-government tools. The FCC must step in now to ensure that monopolistic providers are not allowed to impose fees based on amount of bandwidth used, but may only charge based on the speed of access.

  2. Guest says:

    I would like to add that small telephone companies are consitently tying land-line phone service to DSL or other Internet access in an anti-trust manner. These companies treat their small population bases (i.e. captive audiences) as cash-cows without fear of the 1996 Telecom Act's provisions to open their market to competition because larger companies will not invest in infrastructure when the population base is so small. A small company can, therefore, require a residence to purchase and maintain a land-line phone account to gain access to the Internet while someone just a few miles away in an area served by a larger company can purchase only the services they desire. With cell phones and Voice Over IP doing for land-line phones what the automobile did for horses and buggies should the FCC not take a hard look at the dissent by Commissioners Copps and Adelstein in the 2003 Bell South decision and realize that the writing on the wall has been there for years now? How much longer will my home in a small town, with a wire from pole to house, continue to be without Internet because I, as a cell phone user, neither can afford nor desire a land-line phone? States and courts have had their hands tied by the FCC in the name of a single regulator, yet the scope of the Bell South decision fails to address changes and advances in technology and consumer behavior. When there is no competitive local exchange carrier in the picture why is a decision based solely on behavior between CLECs used as an excuse to allow what flies in the face of Taft-Hartley, the FCC's stated goals, and common sense? Broadband is already available where I live - there is no need for lofty goals of bringing "Broadband to Every American" in my case or in the case of thousands of Americans like me....just regulate the behavior of small companies who get away with anti-competitive behavior because their market is so small that a larger company has no incentive to step-in. I want to do business with a small, local company, but doing so at the expense of being required to purchase and maintain a monthly service that is not desired or needed is - I thought - illegal. Regulate this behavior and everyone wins. Even the small company will find there are users who don't currently subscribe to DSL or other Internet access because of the tying behavior who will subscribe when those ties are undone.

  3. Guest says:

    the post beginning "I would like to add that small telephone companies" was added by me a few minutes ago. It was my first attempt at commenting on this blog and I placed it with the wrong article. I guess that was discovered because it went from "awaiting moderation" to vanish. I placed it in a more thematic space under the article about the "last mile" - which still isn't a perfect fit but there is no better article on the blog page (yet?).

  4. Guest says:

    I hope a big part of e-government is to put more complete and understandable databases online. We are trying to compile a great reference database for cell reception so consumers can find which carriers will work best in their areas. The problem is that who owns the cell tower isn't necessarily the carrier and mapping between the 2 is difficult. In addition, there are thousands of small antennas being installed on telephone poles and we can't seem to find this data on the fcc site. In any case, we've build a decent cell reception database at

  5. Guest says:

    I hope that this new digital web of information will be open to the public. As we are needing access to vital community data as well as governmental.For personal and business reasons this taxpayer funded information would be the foundation for many quality articles as well as case studies. I am a writer at and I would appreciate any access to in depth information that the government has.
    I came to this website looking for this advantageous information. I have tried emailing places like the TSA to get information for articles but I have never received responses.

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