Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Access vital

November 28, 2017

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To the editor:

I grew up in a small town. Slow and undependable internet access was simply a way of life. It wasn’t until I went away to KU that I realized how much I had been missing.

Broadband connectivity is a 21st century necessity. Communities without reliable access have no way to keep up with our rapidly changing world, and this inequality must be addressed.

Connect Americans Now is a new coalition that has been formed with the support of leading technology and telecommunication companies. The coalition has found a way to use existing infrastructure to extend high-speed broadband to rural areas through TV white spaces.

For this initiative to be successful, there needs to be public sector support. Specifically, the FCC needs to ensure the continued use of at least three channels below 700 MHz on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country. There is also a need for federal and state infrastructure investments. In addition, the FCC can improve its data collection on rural broadband coverage.

Private sector capital investment, coupled with public sector support, can solve rural broadband inequities. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts need to get behind efforts to push governmental funding and FCC support.

Comments

Ken Lassman 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Would the proposed changes that remove regulations that ensure net neutrality affect this initiative in any way?

Louis Kannen 2 weeks, 6 days ago

If in fact, the FCC succeeds in Director Pai's attempts at dismantling the existing 'Net Neutrality Protocol', the only logical re-naming choice would most certainly be the title of Ted Nugent's 1975 epic Album release, 'Stranglehold'. The required ASCAP User Fees would be imperceptible in comparison to those the ISP 'BIG's will deem 'necessary requirements'. That kind of heavy-handed Subscriber Dope Slapping is definitely going to leave a mark...

( http://listverse.com/2017/11/28/10-facts-that-show-exactly-whatll-happen-without-net-neutrality/ )

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