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Whether you're a citizen, institution, or ISP, follow the simple set of instructions to let your voice be heard.

  •         Citizen        

    Instructions for Filing Your Comments with the FCC

    For reference, here is a link to the full petition: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1062353270786/17062202-1.pdf

    Visit the FCC ECFS Express page to start filing comments

    Under Proceedings, enter RM-11791

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    For the comments section, consider discussing your broadband story, including lack of broadband, challenges with affordability, low speeds, and monthly data caps (see guidelines below)

    Once all required fields are filled out, click Continue to review screen to confirm and complete your submission


    Guidelines for Comments

    Consider explaining and talking through:

    What is offered in your area? Price and throughput offerings and monthly data caps

    If there is only one non-satellite provider in your area, it should be mentioned

    Is your community served by fiber? By a cable broadband provider?

    Explain why the offerings of the current provider(s) do not meet your needs: Too expensive, unreliable, inadequate throughput

    Explain how the lack of broadband is negatively impacting your community and how better, lower cost broadband would positively impact your community

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Service Provider

    Instructions for Filing Your Comments with the FCC

    For reference, here is a link to the full petition: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1062353270786/17062202-1.pdf

    Visit the FCC ECFS Filings page to start filing comments

    Under Proceedings, enter RM-11791

    Under Name of Filer, enter your company’s name, not your name

    Under Type of Filing, select “Comment” from the top of the dropdown list

    Under File Number, Report Number, and Bureau ID number, leave these blank

    Comments will need to be prepared as a separate document and then uploaded in the Upload Documents section (see Guidelines below)

    Once all required fields are filled out, click Continue to review screen to confirm and complete your submission


    Guidelines for Comments

    File comments unique to your company, not cookie-cutter comments parroting the petition

    We are happy to work with you to review your comments and provide suggestions—simply contact us at info@broadbandamerica.org

    A screenshot with all the fields that need to be filled out is located at the bottom of these instructions

    Story lines and hard facts specific to your business are highly useful

    This is a political issue, not a legal issue

    For rural providers, focus on extending fixed broadband service to rural Americans that lack broadband or choice

    General support for the Petition is fine:

    “We strongly/enthusiastically support the petition”

    "Access to the 3700 – 4200 MHz for P2MP services would enable us to ….”

    "The Commission should move ahead quickly to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)"


    Key Story Lines for Wireless Internet Service Providers, Other Broadband Access Providers, and Vendors

    Introduce Your Company

    How many customers do you have?

    What part(s) of the country do you serve? How rural is the area you serve?

    What service do you currently offer (e.g., speed)?

    What service would you like to offer?

    What are customers asking for?

    Discuss the Following Challenges You Face

    Access to adequate and reliable spectrum:

    Inadequate channel bandwidth in 5 GHz and other spectrum bands—and resulting inability to provide service above XX Mbps and/or expand into new areas

    Congestion from (other) unlicensed users—inability to provide QoS; impact on throughput; impact on cost of providing service (if any)

    Need for protected spectrum to ensure QoS and attract investment

    Coverage Issues

    Line of sight issues—to demonstrate why 3700 – 4200 MHz band would be much more effective than the spectrum you are currently using

    Discuss current LOS issues and how it affects your coverage, cost of providing service, and data rates

    Cost Issues

    Why purchasing spectrum at an auction would be prohibitively expensive—don’t just say it, but provide empirical support, if possible

    Empirical data showing that fiber wireless hybrid is economically viable and how it would help you to expand your customer base

    Service Offerings

    What service packages (speed and cost to consumer) could you offer if you had access to 20/40/80/160 MHz of lightly licensed spectrum? Ideally, at least 100/10 Mbps. If it’s less than 50/10, probably best not to be specific

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  • Institution

    Instructions for Filing Your Comments with the FCC

    For reference, here is a link to the full petition: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1062353270786/17062202-1.pdf

    Visit the FCC ECFS Filings page to start filing comments

    Under Proceedings, enter RM-11791

    Under Name of Filer, enter your company’s name, not your name

    Under Type of Filing, select “Comment” from the top of the dropdown list

    Under File Number, Report Number, and Bureau ID number, leave these blank

    Comments will need to be prepared as a separate document and then uploaded in the Upload Documents section (see Guidelines below)

    Once all required fields are filled out, click Continue to review screen to confirm and complete your submission


    Guidelines for Comments

    File comments unique to your company, not cookie-cutter comments parroting the petition

    We are happy to work with you to review your comments and provide suggestions—simply contact us at info@broadbandamerica.org

    A screenshot with all the fields that need to be filled out is located at the bottom of these instructions

    Story lines and hard facts specific to your business are highly useful

    This is a political issue, not a legal issue

    For rural providers, focus on extending fixed broadband service to rural Americans that lack broadband or choice

    General support for the Petition is fine:

    “We strongly/enthusiastically support the petition”

    "Access to the 3700 – 4200 MHz for P2MP services would enable us to ….”

    "The Commission should move ahead quickly to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)"


    Key Story Lines for Wireless Internet Service Providers, Other Broadband Access Providers, and Vendors

    Introduce Your Company

    How many customers do you have?

    What part(s) of the country do you serve? How rural is the area you serve?

    What service do you currently offer (e.g., speed)?

    What service would you like to offer?

    What are customers asking for?

    Discuss the Following Challenges You Face

    Access to adequate and reliable spectrum:

    Inadequate channel bandwidth in 5 GHz and other spectrum bands—and resulting inability to provide service above XX Mbps and/or expand into new areas

    Congestion from (other) unlicensed users—inability to provide QoS; impact on throughput; impact on cost of providing service (if any)

    Need for protected spectrum to ensure QoS and attract investment

    Coverage Issues

    Line of sight issues—to demonstrate why 3700 – 4200 MHz band would be much more effective than the spectrum you are currently using

    Discuss current LOS issues and how it affects your coverage, cost of providing service, and data rates

    Cost Issues

    Why purchasing spectrum at an auction would be prohibitively expensive—don’t just say it, but provide empirical support, if possible

    Empirical data showing that fiber wireless hybrid is economically viable and how it would help you to expand your customer base

    Service Offerings

    What service packages (speed and cost to consumer) could you offer if you had access to 20/40/80/160 MHz of lightly licensed spectrum? Ideally, at least 100/10 Mbps. If it’s less than 50/10, probably best not to be specific


    Key Story Lines for Community Anchor Institutions and Consumers

    • Lack of broadband and/or high prices for low speeds and low monthly data capsWhat is offered in your area? Price and throughput offerings and monthly data caps

      If there is only one non-satellite provider in your area, please say so.

    • Is your community served by fiber? By a cable broadband provider?Why the offerings of the current provider(s) do not meet your needs: Too expensive, unreliable, inadequate throughput

      How the lack of broadband is negatively impacting your community, how better and lower cost broadband would positively impact your community

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