Forcing telecom corporations and cable to provide basic DSL or cable broadband internet to rural areas all over the country stop forcing consumers and limiting their options i.e (satellite,dialup) andprovide consumers with reliable serivce the demand is there but to the telecom companies were not worth their time.
ok ok ok. Who's going to pay for that? If the new consumers would help to pay for that, then ok. It cost a lot of money to purchase equipmnet, run cables, rent poles, trench dirt, bore rodes and many other things that are sometimes envolved in getting signal from point A to point B
I agree. All citizens in the USA should be able to have reliable, fast communications. Otherwise we have disadvantages to our economy.
Maneesh Pangasa commented
Yes I'll vote for this idea. We need to bridge The Digital Divide -- reduce it gradually and promote increased competition among ISPs.. Expand broadband deployment in rural areas and require incumbent ISPs price broadband more affordably while requiring them to continue complying with Net Neutrality rules of nondiscrimination.
That way access to broadband can improve among people of color and low income Americans living in rural areas. We should all be able to have equal and affordable access to high speed Internet.
The fact that the corporate news media by the way likes to talk moral values but ignores income inequality in America, ignores issues like poverty and homelessness in America as well as the Digital Divide is disturbing and disappointing.
We need to end the Digital Divide, protect Net Neutrality and have a news media that serves the public interest.
As a network operations manager for a thriving county owned and operated rural broadband initiative in extreme rural southwest Georgia (http://sgrita.org), I can assure you that broadband is desperately needed in our rural areas. Until I came to this region I took broadband for granted and participated in the life changing industry that is the "Internet" on a daily basis. When I relocated to the south, quite far from the "beaten path", I found very quickly that the people in these rural communities suffer greatly from bandwidth starvation. The lack of adequate access in this community has had many negative impacts on the local population. Computer and telecommunications hardware, business point of sale systems, educational, medical, and public safety facilities in general are all nearly a decade behind other regions where broadband access is readily available..
Take it for what it's worth, these are just my observations from the last two years of working day and night to help folks (who have been abandoned by the LEC's and deemed not worth the investment by MSO's) realize the benefits of having substantial broadband connectivity..
Great video Charles, I do hope they move the UAF to include broadband. Connectivity is just as important as electric or telephones, point blank. It is great to see our nations leaders understanding of this fact and making the appropriate changes to fix this issue.
Charles Figueroa Jr commented
I saw on a video on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHmFekhcnmU) That the FCC is working towards moving the Universal Access Fee from regular Telephones to internet access so that rural areas have the same access to the internet that cities have.
Don Slaughter commented
I agree. It is critical for those of us who live in rural areas to be connected to the internet with broadband. Another issue to consider is cost. It is one thing to have broadband available, it is another to have it priced out of the range of folk. Broadband in rural areas would be incomplete without Net Neutrality in place.