Ready for RuMBA? Broadband Bill of Rights

RuMBA Launches American Broadband Bill of Rights - Yahoo! Finance: "The Rural Mobile Broadband Alliance (RuMBA USA) was launched to assist rural community residents, carriers and equipment makers in raising awareness of the benefits of rural mobile broadband, and to encourage the most responsible use of stimulus package funds, thus maximizing the positive impact of broadband on the lives of ordinary Americans. RuMBA USA will disseminate statistics on the impact on employment, social, economic, educational, health care and business opportunities arising from proposed stimulus package spending on rural mobile broadband. Visit for more information and to join the Alliance."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for starting the blog post on rural broadband, focusing on RuMBA. I wanted to draw everyone's attention to the Broadband Bill of Rights published by RuMBA last March 25th. The rights demanded will provide all Americans the following basic broadband features:

    (1) Ubiquitous - telephones and modems should work seamlessly everywhere, in rural, suburban and urban areas, so as to cover the two million square miles of broadband coverage needed.
    (2) Safe - Americans need E-911 with location service and an emergency cell broadcast system with weather and disaster alerting (SMS). Katrina-like outages are unacceptable.
    (3) Mobile- Whether in the car, on the tractor, at home, in school or at work, and all areas in between, our nation relies on mobility; our networks must reflect our lifestyle needs.
    (4) Affordable - Rural Americans demand competitive pricing for services and devices. We need the same access to services and devices as the rest of the country at a fair price, period.
    (5) Sustainable - America must invest in next generation systems that can be operated at a profit and maintained by our local small town carriers. Leap ahead, buy tomorrow’s technologies not yesterday’s.

    RuMBA was launched in February to ensure that rural communities are offered the same affordable wireless broadband services available to urban and suburban areas, and equal access to wireless E-911 Phase II (location-based) coverage. we are hoping that the Broadband Bill of Rights will help the government, carriers, equipment makers, service providers, and rural America focus the current debate on some basic standards outlined in the Broadband Bill of Rights.