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The FCC is swinging for the fences, but can it really deliver on its loft goals?

Broadband in many parts of America is undeniably bad. Hardly a healthy market, typically only one or two big players compete on a local level, and the result of the low level of competition is high prices. Unfortunately, the cost of entry for small service providers is quite high and ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner, and Embarq have made market entry even harder by successfully lobbying many state and local governments to ban municipal Wi-Fi and/or enact measures that make it harder to finance such new deployments.

When Barack Obama was elected U.S. President, one of his promises was to deliver affordable Wi-Fi to Americans. His plan for that, courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission, has finally aired and it's ambitious to say the least.

The proposal calls for a federal broadband offering that would cover at least 100 million U.S. homes. The deployment would take place over the "next decade" and would provide Americans with "robust broadband services" -- a 100MBps down / 50Mbps up connection, to be more precise.

The plan would offer 1 Gbps connections on a community level, which could give small businesses a boost. And first responders would get "access to a nationwide, wireless interoperable broadband public safety network."

The plan also calls for citizens being able to use broadband to "track and manage real-time [home] energy consumption," likely referring to smart meter services such as Google's Powermeter.
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Edited by _GTech - 2/12/11 at 5:26pm
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I'd love it.

I'm stuck with DSL from TWC or from a local provider that costs too much for too little.
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250gb caps probably, so .... kinda useless...
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250gb caps probably, so .... kinda useless...
Built on a bond that has huge fees and tolls which only pay the interest on it for eternity.
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How much will the plan cost? The FCC is confident that it can deliver the national service at almost no cost to taxpayers. The funding would come largely from the planned sale of 500 MHz of spectrum that is currently lying vacant.
If they can't keep costs down, we better be able to vote on whether or not we should pay taxes for this service. Taxed internet.... scares me. We are putting control of the internet use in the governments hands again.
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...if they cap gigabit speeds and limit how much you download then it is not worth it. Imagine that 250gb limit and yet you get gigabit speeds, whats the point if there is a limit?
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Ya... ISP gonna charge us crazy amount of monthly fee to get those 100mb/s speeds

3mb/s to 7mb/s already $40-$50, and Second fastest Fios is $150/months without phone plan and FastestFios 150mb/s down 35mb/s up is $200 without phone plan....

No way in hell people can afford 100mb/s at the current state. Unless the gov make 100mb/s $30month, then i can go with that
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It sounds good on the outside, but I have a feeling there would be a download cap and possible throttling of certain bandwidth.

Also, if this is ran by the government, I feel my conspiracy tentacles tingling.

There is just something about a government funded "Internet" I just don't like.
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you've got this posted as anandtech, but the source is daily tech. just fyi
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Yea, it could go either way, the US (and many other countries) need a more robust internet infrastructure. I can't wait until we can get 1Gbps internet for $50 a month like in Japan.
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