This is real, tangible change that you can touch.All of us will participate in, here in the U.S., and likely around the globe, like it or not. Things are gonna change.
This broadband plan is just that, broad.
The “plan” is going to effect the way things are done in just about every industry, how we live, what we drive, our personal power consumption, what you watch, when you watch it, all the way down to your cell phone.
I even saw a video that states by law that 700MHz wireless microphones are gonna be out. Even the way rock star’s do business is changing.
Ironic, they name this life changer after the gadget that is the least of my concerns about the entire plan.
Sad thing is, it is going under the noses of the ordinary people like you and me.
This was originally an entry into a creative writing contest, I thought it was important that this story be available. The views and opinions are just that, opinion. I see pro’s and con’s with this plan. I am just sick of the wool being pulled over our eyes.
We are not sheep. We can handle the truth, at least some of us.
To those who have taken the time to read this, thank you. I hope you got something valuable out of this and use it as a reference.
And this one is set up so you can get involved.
Download the entire National Broadband Plan.pdf
Now the Facts:
There are lots, I’m going to list the ones that apply to this story.
From the Executive Summary which is pubic:
Government can influence the broadband ecosystem in four ways
- Design policies to ensure robust competition and, as a result maximize consumer welfare, innovation and investment.
- Ensure efficient allocation and management of assets government controls or influences, such as spectrum, poles, and rights-of-way, to encourage network upgrades and competitive entry.
- Reform current universal service mechanisms to support deployment of broadband and voice in high-cost areas; and ensure that low-income Americans can afford broadband; and in addition, support efforts to boost adoption and utilization.
- Reform laws, policies, standards and incentives to maximize the benefits of broadband in sectors government influences significantly, such as public education, health care and government operations.
Establishing competition policies.
H – Clarify the Congressional mandate allowing state and local entities to provide broadband in their communities and do so in ways that use public resources more effectively.
I – Clarify the relationship between users and their online profiles to enable continued innovation and competition in applications and ensure consumer privacy, including the obligations of firms collecting personal information to allow consumers to know what information is being collected, consent to such collection, correct it if necessary, and control disclosure of such personal information to third parties.
2. Infrastructure such as poles, conduits, rooftops and rights-of-way play an important role in the economics of broadband networks.Establish low and more uniform rental rates for access to poles, and simplify and expedite the process for service providers to attach facilities to poles.
- Improve rights-of-way management for cost and time savings, promote use of federal facilities for broadband, expedite resolution of disputes and identify and establish “best practices” guidelines for rights-of-way policies and fee practices that are consistent with broadband deployment.
- Facilitate efficient new infrastructure construction, including through “dig-once” policies that would make federal financing of highway, road and bridge projects contingent on states and localities allowing joint deployment of broadband infrastructure.
- Provide ultra-high-speed broadband connectivity to select U.S. Department of Defense installations to enable the development of next-generation broadband applications for military personnel and their families living on base.
3. Creating incentives for universal availability and adoption of broadband. Three elements must be in place to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to reap the benefits of broadband. All Americans should have access to broadband service with sufficient capabilities, all should be able to afford broadband and all should have the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills to take advantage of broadband. Recommendations to promote universal broadband deployment and adoption include the following:
- Ensure universal access to broadband network services.
- Create the Connect America Fund (CAF) to support the provision of affordable broadband and voice with at least 4 Mbps actual download speeds and shift up to $15.5 billion over the next decade from the existing Universal Service Fund (USF) program to support broadband.
- Create a Mobility Fund to provide targeted funding to ensure no states are lagging significantly behind the national average for 3G wireless coverage. Such 3G coverage is widely expected to be the basis for the future footprint of 4G mobile broadband networks.
- Design the new Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund in a tax-efficient manner to minimize the size of the broadband availability gap and thereby reduce contributions borne by consumers.
- Create mechanisms to ensure affordability to low-income Americans
- Expand the Lifeline and Link-Up programs by allowing subsidies provided to low-income Americans to be used for broadband.
- Ensure every American has the opportunity to become digitally literate.
- Launch a National Digital Literacy Corps to organize and train youth and adults to teach digital literacy skills and enable private sector programs addressed at breaking adoption barriers.
4. Updating policies, setting standards and aligning incentives to maximize use for national priorities.
Health Care – Read it
Education – Read it
Energy and the environment. Broadband can play a major role in the transition to a clean energy economy. America can use these innovations to reduce carbon pollution, improve our energy efficiency and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. To achieve these objectives, the plan has recommendations that will:
- Modernize the electric grid with broadband, making it more reliable and efficient.
- Unleash energy innovation in homes and buildings by making energy data readily accessible to consumers.
- Improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the ICT sector.
Economic opportunity. Broadband can expand access to jobs and training, support entrepreneurship and small business growth and strengthen community development efforts. The plan includes recommendations to:
- Support broadband choice and small businesses’ use of broadband services and applications to drive job creation, growth and productivity gains.
- Expand opportunities for job training and placement through an online platform.
- Integrate broadband assessment and planning into economic development efforts.
Government performance and civic engagement. Within government, broadband can drive greater efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and internal operations.
- Allow state and local governments to purchase broadband from federal contracts such as Networx.
- Improve government performance and operations through cloud computing, cybersecurity, secure authentication and online service delivery.
- Increase civic engagement by making government more open and transparent, creating a robust public media ecosystem and modernizing the democratic process.
Public safety and homeland security. Broadband can bolster efforts to improve public safety and homeland security by allowing first responders to send and receive video and data, by ensuring all Americans can access emergency services and improving the way Americans are notified about emergencies. To achieve these objectives, the plan makes recommendations to:
- Support deployment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety mobile broadband network, with funding of up to $6.5 billion in capital expenditures over 10 years, which could be reduced through cost efficiency measures and other programs. Additional funding will be required for operating expenses.
- Promote innovation in the development and deployment of next-generation 911 and emergency alert systems.
- Promote cybersecurity and critical infrastructure survivability to increase user confidence, trust and adoption of broadband communications.
- At least 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second.
- The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation.
- Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.
- Every American community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.
- To ensure the safety of the American people, every first responder should have access to a nationwide, wireless, interoperable broadband public safety network.
- To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.
End of Part 4 of 5
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