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  1. Restore Net Neutrality By Directing the FCC to Classify Internet Providers as "Common Carriers".

    On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's open internet rules, commonly known as "Net Neutrality" because ISPs are not classified as "common carriers". This ruling allows ISPs to charge companies for access to its users and charge users for access to certain services. Fewer companies will be able to afford access for innovative ideas and products.

    We urge the President to direct the FCC to classify ISPs as "common carriers" so that the words of the FCC chairman may be fulfilled: “I am committed to…

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    • The FCC should continue to monitor and prohibit nudity and profanity on networks/radio. It isn't censorship, it's common sense.

      Too many in our country are consumed with their own rights rather than what will benefit the greater good. Children should not be exposed to nudity or profanity and this consideration should dictate FCC's policies. If this was not monitored, even commercials and "family" shows would run amok with nudity and profanity and (good) parents would not be able to have the tv or radio on at all. It seems to be a fading notion to protect those who are vulnerable but there is a cost to such selfishness. Have the courage to stand up for what is right people!

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      • Give leverage back to the public

        Americans pay more for the worst telecommunication services than anyone else in the developed world. End large monopolies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast by letting smaller companies have greater access to lower spectrum frequencies, unlock all cell phones, eliminate erroneous fees, fine them for poor customer service, and make a bigger effort to notify the public of pending actions through social media. Americans don't get value for the overpriced services they recieve.

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        • Ban SMS Spam

          IT is ridiculous that the FCC rules include an exemption that allows telemarketers to deliver unwanted text messages advertising their products or services. Just as bad, the FCC has failed to prohibit unscrupulous carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, from conveying and delivering the text message spam AND then fraudulently billing the called number for the unwanted spam! I would be tickled pink to see the FCC step up to the plate and represent consumers rather than shield Verizon Wireless and other unscrupulous carriers from regulation.

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          • Reduce cable bills

            Allow people to opt out of expensive stations like ESPN in order to reduce their cable bill.

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              • No More Media Consolidation!!

                NO MORE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION!

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                • Inform the Public

                  It seems that too many people believe that they are helplessly subjected to the companies that are regulated by the FCC. Most people don't even know that the FCC exists or that they can file a complaint. If more people would speak up about their experience and start complaining I think patterns would become visible very soon and hopefully result in policy making that is much more to the point of the issues.

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                  • Investigate Mergers & Spectrum Transactions Seriously

                    Verizon Wireless wants to buy unused wireless spectrum from the cable companies: Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Do they need more spectrum though let alone this spectrum?

                    This is the first question Justice and the F.C.C. need to consider in reviewing all spectrum transactions and merger transactions involving spectrum (like AT&T T-Mobil that was denied and now dead; and AT&T's Qualcomm spectrum buy that ultimately succeeded) going forward. They also have to look at unique characteristics of each transaction and the agreements in each transaction to make sure it does not result in anything anti…

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                    • Many Americans don't know the purpose of the FCC. Require all media to periodicly advertise the FCC's purpose for citizens. Stop fraud.

                      Stop unscrupulous carriers from fraudelent billing. All fined companies will have their license revoked and resold. Make improvements on detecting misuses within all media.

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                      • A rulemaking index function badly needed

                        1. Why is it so difficult to find out when comments are due?

                        2. While it is easy to find the 10 most popular rulemakings, it is hard to find the others if you don't already know the docket number. How about an index based on popular names. And if the issue isn't in ECFS, like the GPS/LightSquared issue, it can be really hard to find.

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                        • Make new (Jan 2013) cross-ownership rule easy to find -- where is it? Deadline? Can we comment online? Where background w FCC rationale?

                          FCC site has no transparency, no dates on search items, set up to be opaque to public so it can serve the communications industry's sandbox -- or so it appears. New cross-ownership rule is a major change that should be featured on front page of FCC website.

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                          • How about if the FCC gets out of the censorship business

                            How about if the FCC goes back to what it's supposed to do, regulating the bandwidth and technical aspects of broadcasters, and get out of the business of telling the public what they may and may not view, listen to or buy in their own homes. Example: FCC & USA vs. CBS. The FCC is still beating the dead horse of Janet Jackson's Super Bowl ****** show. Is this really in the best interest of the taxpayers? Does the FCC think that anybody still cares eight years on? To include "& USA" in the title of that filing with the…

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                            • Follow up on the NPRM review of Part 95, particularly the GMRS as proposed in FCC 10-106

                              It has been two years and there is still no word on this. It seems to have quietly been set aside with no ruling and no explanation. According to the FCC Encyclopedia, the proposal to license GMRS “by rule” instead of the current individual licensing requirement is still pending. This leaves current and future licensees of the GMRS in limbo. If the commission is going to procrastinate or decline to address it, at least inform the public as to why. Such inaction does not serve the public.

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                              • tampa bay buccaneers blackouts

                                Hi i am an avid buccaneers fan. I am really tiered of gettting all geared up for sunday football and the game is blacked out. It has lost the city and stadium millions of dollars as no intrest in the team can not be acomplished if all the games are blacked out.so it brings ticket sales down and intest to wain. I'd really like it if the would be shown on tv. thanks adam muster.

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                                • ATT BAte and switch their promotional offers. Then switch the customer from one department to the other

                                  ATT- UVERSE has promotions of $89.00 for a year and further represent additional bonuses such as HBO and CINMAX plus a $500 credit card only to charge the customer double or more upon billing. When one inquires about the discrepency, the customer is told that they agreed to the higher amount and that they cannot do anythin about the billing. This is reprehensible and downright "Bate and Switch." I spent up to 4 hrs. on the phone trying to get my account out of collections, although I had paid the agreed upon amount and was not allowed to speak to…

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                                  • 911 emergency on cell phones

                                    why do you let a billion$ company tell a disabled consumer that needs 911 service and is paying monthly in my bill for it but it does not work that the phone only last for 2 years.so buy another or do without 911. i have heart problems i use heart patches and take prescribed medicine for my heart.i just had 1 lung removed and oter health problems. you can check with the emergency people and you will see that i have had to call 911 several times in the past.yes at&t basicly tolme this over the phone and in one…

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                                    • Cell phone calls on airplanes

                                      Please, don't allow cell phone calls on airplanes. It's bad enough on other public transportation, but in a plane you are stuck with them, possibly for hours on end, at 35,000 feet. If you leave it to the airlines, they will feel endless pressure from their most aggressive customers to allow them. The rest of us will be forced to suffer all those fools, and not gladly. Let us have some peace and quiet.

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                                      • Please please please please make automated calling of any sort for any purpose illegal

                                        i waste more man hours per day answering automated calls. sometimes i even receive more calls from automated recordings than customers. this waste alone has cost the business money, and right now money is hard to come by.

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                                        • Stop Telecommunication Monopolies

                                          greed is always the problem!!! Monopolies are the epitome of greed, and our telecommunication and cable companies are monopolies. I can't believe that the USA, one of the most advanced countries in the world is actually behind many European and Asian countries in this field. We still are subjected to long term contracts, proprietary phones, ridiculous internet speeds and crazy expensive cable packages. I have no choice when it comes to internet service. I am stuck with slow poke Verizon or expensive Warner cable. It is ridiculous that there aren't any other choices; it is pathetic that those in charge…

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