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FCC Needs Your Input For Broadband Plan

Posted on | September 7, 2009 | 5 Comments

As I know it is not easy to follow a series of broadband workshops at, I had watched several webcasts as follows:

  • Wkshp#1,”E-Gov/Civic Engagement”
  • Wkshp#8,”Broadband Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities”
  • Wkshp#17,”Big Ideas with Potential to Substantially Change the Internet”

Why did I say not easy to follow? It is difficult to read poor quality of captions on these webcasts as well as pictures and so especially I had to write down some brief notes in order to understand what people had discussed about. Otherwise I had no way to re-read the whole sentence or understand the full story because of chopping or half sentence and the gap of some whole paragraph.

I have no opportunity to read transcripts (much better than captions on web casts) on some other workshops that had been completed. Transcripts had arrived in several weeks late but my concern is timing issue. We need to hear from people on the panels first before we would share our thoughts in response to them and as well to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

Deadlines for responsesSept. 15th for Aug 6 to 20 workshops; Oct. 2nd for Aug 25 to Oct 2 workshops; Oct. 30th for Sept 16 to Oct 20 workshops

Based on my notes I had learned some new interesting items from these workshops, the following highlights are:

  1. – for 188 federal government agencies plus local and state agencies to provide the search engine for data categories.
  2. – not open to public yet but it is internal for now for a tool to improve FCC.
  3. Sunlight Foundation – offers prizes of $20,000 to anyone to develop Web 2.0 or new Web applications to help making the government web sites more efficient and streamlined. (Apps for America)
  4. USA Spending Watch – one of several examples by the runner-up who developed this application.
  5. GovPulse – one finalist to develop a brand new application for America. (the Federal Register)
  6. List of finalists by Sunlight Foundation – announcement for the finalists.
  7. – by and FAA to offer free resource for anyone to find out about flight schedule times.
  8. Open Government Forum – sharing ideas and discussions in open government for National Broadband Plan.
  9. Government Ethics – for public to access data and government based on the code of ethics.
  10. Chicago Olympics 2016 Bid – the Bid committee wants to share about the web site to add new applications such as sports finder. The bid will be final on Oct 2, 2009 against the competitors, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Tokyo.

As you can see above, thanks to the webcasts we could learn further new subjects by attending the workshop series. I believe the workshops will be a great learning experience. However, we may need to move on by sharing our inputs and feedback about our needs to participate in the society. Otherwise we will suffer greatly and be stuck in the dark.


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