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house Bill H.R. 1328

Should an Office Coordinate Federal Broadband Resources for Rural Areas?

Argument in favor

High-speed internet is essential in today’s world. Access to jobs, education, healthcare services, and more depends on access to the internet at a reasonable speed and this bill brings rural America up to speed by streamlining access to federal broadband resources.

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05/08/2019
We need net neutrality as well as rural free broadband. We also need to make sure that we include Indigenous communities in the talks about installing broadband. We have a history of treating our Indigenous communities terribly and infrastructure is an example. We need to include them and make sure that they have reliable phone service and fast, high-speed internet. Here are some articles: (https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128004928) and (http://blog.nativepartnership.org/new-online-world-ahead-for-indian-reservations).
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/08/2019
How about that net-neutrality we all want back? Hmm? But sure we can do this too. Internet is the modern UTILITY.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/08/2019
I’m quite rural. The access to broadband services is severely limited, the speeds are extremely low and the reliability of adequate signal strength is questionable at the very best. The cost is quite high for the services available. I would welcome better access and monitoring of these services by an office set up to do so. My single concern involves 5G as I wonder if we’ve done enough research on this technology. Oh and throw Ajit Pai in jail while you’re at it.
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Argument opposed

Federal efforts to expand rural broadband access simply don’t work, and the cost of expanding broadband to some rural areas is too high to justify the cost to the government. Additionally, there are already private sector efforts to bring broadband to rural areas.

Doug's Opinion
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05/08/2019
The free market will take care of this, if the need and demand are there.
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JTJ's Opinion
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05/08/2019
This is not the purpose of the government.
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RAN's Opinion
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05/08/2019
No more government! The market will handle it.
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bill Progress


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    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2019
    We need net neutrality as well as rural free broadband. We also need to make sure that we include Indigenous communities in the talks about installing broadband. We have a history of treating our Indigenous communities terribly and infrastructure is an example. We need to include them and make sure that they have reliable phone service and fast, high-speed internet. Here are some articles: (https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128004928) and (http://blog.nativepartnership.org/new-online-world-ahead-for-indian-reservations).
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    The free market will take care of this, if the need and demand are there.
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    How about that net-neutrality we all want back? Hmm? But sure we can do this too. Internet is the modern UTILITY.
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    I’m quite rural. The access to broadband services is severely limited, the speeds are extremely low and the reliability of adequate signal strength is questionable at the very best. The cost is quite high for the services available. I would welcome better access and monitoring of these services by an office set up to do so. My single concern involves 5G as I wonder if we’ve done enough research on this technology. Oh and throw Ajit Pai in jail while you’re at it.
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    What is needed is the broadband/internet equivalent of the Rural Electrification Administration. That depression-era agency brought electricity out of the cities to the rural areas of this country. We did it then, why not now?
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    This is not the purpose of the government.
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    No more government! The market will handle it.
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    Rural “High-Speed Access” is necessary for all. High-speed internet is essential in today’s world. Access to jobs, education, healthcare services, and more depends on access to the internet at a reasonable speed and this bill brings rural America up to speed by streamlining access to federal broadband resources. SneakyPete 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 5*7*19.....
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    It can only creat jobs.
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    This should have been handled before industry crony Ajit Pai gutted net neutrality. Major conflicts of interest across this administration which only make it more difficult for real solutions for Americans.
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    High speed internet is essential for today’s farmers because they have to keep up on the prices & futures for the products they buy & sell. This is something our country needs. NOT another war or a wall
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    First we need net neutrality then add rural free broadband.
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    Access to broadband internet is as essential as water, heat, and telephone in this day and age. If you don't have it, you can fall behind in school or work.
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    I wanna say yes...I DO NOT TRUST THE MORON IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!...OR HIS LACKEYS!!!!!
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    Broadband for rural areas is essential to the prosperity of our nation today and going forward. This bill is important and deserves positive consideration.
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    In return for Federal licenses, the broadband companies should be required to provide service to ALL areas of the country.
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    We’ve been talking about rural broadband for a decade. When will we make actual progress?
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    Plus, Mr. Walden, you should have never voted against net neutrality l!!!!!!
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    Yes, of course. Why shouldn’t people in rural areas have access to high speed internet and the same services as people in cities?? They should have good cell service, cable service, and internet. Their services should be just as good. These people matter as well.
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    As a person who lives in one of those rural areas, it would be great to have better access to high speed internet. But it doesn’t have to come at the cost of the taxpayer or need help from the government. The market is already pushing this along; throwing tax dollars at it won’t make it happen any faster unless the government buys and owns the lines and towers; that turns the internet into a utility. No thanks!
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