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house Bill H.R. 3994

Should an Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth Coordinate Federal Broadband Resources?

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.

Frances's Opinion
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07/22/2018
RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED TO HAVE THIS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.
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Myles's Opinion
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07/23/2018
I have a hard time trusting the federal government to get it right, but access to information is as vital today as access to clean water and reliable electricity. (Despite that being something our government can’t seem to do right now in Flint, MI or Puerto Rico). I blame the current administration for that, not government as a whole.
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Leo's Opinion
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07/22/2018
Information is power. Access can empower otherwise isolated communities.
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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.

Santiago's Opinion
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07/23/2018
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. Keep the bloated federal government out of the private sector.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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07/23/2018
Having the federal government involved in expanding broadband services in rural areas is too costly and something state governments should be in charge of doing to make their state more attractive to individuals who are seeking to more due do to jobs or going to school.
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jimsander's Opinion
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07/24/2018
Let monopolistic telecommunications providers eat the cost of dealing with 50 individual state policies for a while and they’ll beg to return to Federal oversight. Technology will run them over long term anyway. “Dumb pipe” is the only future they have, and good riddance to them.
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    RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED TO HAVE THIS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.
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    I have a hard time trusting the federal government to get it right, but access to information is as vital today as access to clean water and reliable electricity. (Despite that being something our government can’t seem to do right now in Flint, MI or Puerto Rico). I blame the current administration for that, not government as a whole.
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    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. Keep the bloated federal government out of the private sector.
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    Information is power. Access can empower otherwise isolated communities.
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    Having the federal government involved in expanding broadband services in rural areas is too costly and something state governments should be in charge of doing to make their state more attractive to individuals who are seeking to more due do to jobs or going to school.
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    Leave it to the free market.
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    I love this idea! It can help people! If this doesn’t work for a few years then change something!
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    The problem I see with this is that the contract will go to the lowest bidder and not the most competent company. I do feel that having a centralized point of contact is a very good idea. I just don’t think that putting the Government Services Administration In charge of what should be a free and competitive environment is the best idea.
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    To costly, Leave it as it is.
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    Leaving it to the ‘free market’ hasn’t worked. Large companies buying out competition, and companies dividing up jurisdictions to avoid competing with each other have been brutal for customers. I would support federal efforts to make this market truly free by prohibiting these tactics.
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    It’s pretty clear that the private sector working by itself has failed to provide adequate service to rural areas of the country. I’m not sure how big of an impact this bill will have, but we definitely need a much more intense effort on the part of the federal government to bring broadband service to Americans in rural parts of the country.
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    Let monopolistic telecommunications providers eat the cost of dealing with 50 individual state policies for a while and they’ll beg to return to Federal oversight. Technology will run them over long term anyway. “Dumb pipe” is the only future they have, and good riddance to them.
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    Look at European Countries, Japan, South Korea, China, their government has taken responsible for providing high-speed service to their people at fair prices and extremely high speeds. We, as the people, and the government need to work together to reach the same level of internet speed as those countries have or else we will severely fall behind educating our children all because companies are fighting over each other to get customers for money and overcharging us for internet service.
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    They should be kept separate.
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    Yes! This is so important
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    Private Enterprise already does an excellent job of making world-class internet available to all who need it.
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    If it’s government, it will be screwed up. Please vote no, let private sector do it, and without government regulations or subsidies!
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    I do not usually encourage bills that add to government, however I do believe that broadband internet has become a necessity in today’s life. Resources available include education, health/first aid, weather conditions, veterinary aid, crop research, government updates, amongst others that if I were a rural person would understand more fully.
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    Access to high speed broadband is a critical issue facing us today. Support this bill.
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    I strongly support this bill.
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