Federal Communications Commission

Replies Requested: Last Call

January 14th, 2010 by Phoebe Yang - Senior Advisor to the Chairman on Broadband

As we are nearing the homestretch on developing the National Broadband Plan, we want to say how much we appreciate the unprecedented input folks have provided for the Plan.   As everyone knows, we have issued a lot of Public Notices -- 31 to be exact -- over the past five months asking for information about a lot of topics key to developing the Plan.  The input has been invaluable, and the process has been consistent with our pledge that data drive development of the Plan.

With our original Feb. 17 deadline to deliver a plan to Congress, we truncated the Commission’s normal process of following the initial comment period with a reply period for many of the Public Notices.  Of course, if time had permitted, we would have preferred giving interested parties the chance to send replies, which often provide a valuable public critique of ideas raised in initial comments.

Now that Congress has kindly granted us a 28-day extension of the plan deadline, to March 17, we are giving the public a final opportunity to reply to any of the comments they have read.  So we’re issuing another Public Notice, which is functioning as an overall last call for comments on the National Broadband Plan.  The deadline will be January 27.  But please send us your replies as soon as possible, or respond on the blog.  Yes, we got an extension, but March 17 is just around the corner – and it’s not a leap year.  Can you tell we're counting down the days?

In addition, we’re using the time to solicit public comment on key privacy issues recently raised by the Center for Democracy and Technology.  Yes, another Public Notice. The initial deadline is Jan. 22, and replies up until the last call: Jan. 27.  Thanks, everyone.

7 Responses to “Replies Requested: Last Call”

  1. Guest says:

    I've gotta agree to not let the RIAA set policy for the rest of us. Keep the internet free and fair.

  2. Guest says:

    Do not remove any of the current frequencies or prividleges from Amatuer Radio.
    Do not make changes to the current over air TV broadcast (free TV).

  3. Guest says:

    Do not let the RIAA set policy for the rest of us. Keep the internet free and fair.

  4. Guest says:

    its is rather ridiculous that my state of Kentucky recently recieved a 2.1 million dollar fund from the federal government to study broadband... just to study nothing more, actually the jest of the program was to put push pins on a map in someone's office to show that broadband has been rolled out... What a crock! I live 25 miles from the largest city in the state and can not get broadband access either via DSL or Cable. Stop listening to politics and lobbyist and listen to the people, rural access sucks in this country!

  5. Guest says:

    QOS is a big concern, Dont allow isps to run monoplies i live less than one mile from an isp line they told me its not there area its verizons and a different cable isp even tho the company thats closest to me and is in my county is the one less than 1 mile from my house the others are 30+ miles from me why monoplies they all told me they still exsist. Satalite no satalite funding its a waste of time and money had it used it cant stand it no voip and gaming barely plays streaming video and the quality sucked. Do not mess with the current wisps 4G service at all. Only use the money for broadband for none broadband areas only. Make the base service 1.5 meg not 512 or 768k its to slow. Make sure that there are no caps on data from any isp or wisp and make sure there are no throttling of speeds or bandwidth. And hurry lol. Make sure the prices are not high im paying 63$ for 3G its cheapier than satalite and better but exspansive when other isps are 20 and 30$ for better service. Once again only fund landline isps and none satalite wisps make T1s cheaper alot cheaper.

  6. MAINEiac-a man from Maine says:

    What fool company would make major investments in a network for a "competitor"? Build a better network so a “competitor” or “competitors” can use it at wholesale rates to directly compete back and provide the exact same services against the ILEC that built it.... Yes it is as CRAZY as it sounds !!! No other business could survive with a business plan like ILEC’s are forced by law to work under. ILEC’s have been conditioned to build for today, not tomorrow.... which I think sets this country back in broadband investment...

    Telcom Act of 1996 handcuffs and prevents Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier companies (the people who own the infrastructure) from investing in expensive true broadband networks. Broadband is and will be the future of any communications company. ILEC's are providers of service and by law have to wholesale their facilities to competitors under the guise of voice rules. I believe these rules have been clouded and now unfairly extend to broadband which allow competitors to provide broadband services under voice rules. Competitors lease facilities from ILEC companies to provide the exact services with No overhead and No regulation. In my opinion this creates a “Cherry Picking" atmosphere.

    Revenues made by ILEC’s in high profit areas keep them healthy, stable and able to support the infrastructure that supports Universal Services to rural America, utility poles, central offices, conduit runs, cable on the pole, etc and broadband buildout to the most rural parts of any state. Areas that cost money to serve, not make money...

    By the regulations in effect today a "competitor" can move in and “Cherry Pick” high revenue areas of any state using someone else’s assets to stimulate false "competition". Very seldom will a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier run their own facilities to provide the “Last Mile” connection to the home... And they NEVER run cables to rural areas that cannot make money. BY law the ILEC has to provide the "Last Mile" to the last home, regardless of associated costs... This is not true competition...

    It is obvious that "competitors" only want to compete where the real money is made in densely populated areas ie: cities, towns, college campuses etc. not the one's and two's along a back rural road. The CLEC business model targets the 10 customers per pole … Not 10 poles per customer currently with No regulation….. All at the expense of the regulated ILEC who has to maintain the whole thing!! By Law…

    In my state this is becoming a problem.... Eventually the revenues that support the rural network will not be there and it will not be feasible for any company to maintain it… What then? There are unintended consequences to what might be thought of as a good thing. We need to get this one right…

    Federal stimulus money should be spent building the "Last Mile" to RURAL America so the people who do not have broadband could. The "Last Mile" is the facility that delivers broadband service to the home. BUT, 25 million in stimulus money has just been awarded to a non-regulated START UP company in Maine that is duplicating and "Cherry Picking" high revenue areas of the "Middle Mile" the largest regulated ILEC already has. The new network as proposed will not expand broadband service to one more home. It will however create competition between companies to serve current broadband subscribers with the same service.... Now instead of 1 CLEC "Cherry Picking" ILEC facilities there might be 10 CLEC's competing for the same customers....

    Simple analogy ... if your state has an interstate that can handle 1 million cars an hour but, the off ramps can handle 1 an hour.... Do you build another interstate beside the one you already have?

    If the current ILEC regulations continue and cause regulated ILECs to fail who will support the infrastructure everyone wants and needs ....

    Remember when the United States had the BEST communications in the WORLD ? I do...

    Regulate all broadband providers with the same incentives to build their own facilities, provide the same levels of service/standards and force them all serve 100% of the state... stop the "Cherry Picking". An even set of regulations can create healthy companies and TRUE competition ...

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