ECA Partners with Connected Nation to Promote Universal Broadband

Connected Nation, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to broadband services, issued a press release today announcing that it is partnering with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) to promote univeral access to broadband Internet connections.

The issue seems like a no-brainer for gamers, especially those who play online. But beyond that, Connected Nation maintains that the US economy will increase by $134 billion when everyone has the access to broadband. Connected Nation CEO Brian Mefford is quoted in the press release:

Connected Nation aims at promoting greater adoption of broadband services to improve the overall standard of living in our communities and the quality of life of citizens across America. We’re eager to partner with a preeminent organization such as ECA to work together to add the voices of hundreds of thousands of citizens to the call for programs and policies that will accelerate the impact of broadband in the United States.

ECA Director of Government Affairs Jennifer Mercurio was also enthusiastic:

We are thrilled to collaborate with Connected Nation to promote consumer rights and make the Internet accessible to all. Our Gamers for Universal Broadband initiative was created in direct response to member outcry over limited broadband access across the country. Now is the time for consumers to get involved to ensure that we have a powerful voice in shaping the future of the Internet.

The ECA also maintains the Gamers For Universal Broadband Facebook group. Under terms of the partnership, ECA will join Connected Nation’s Advisory Committee. 

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  1. oto kirlama says:

    I’m all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there’s one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what’s stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

    But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you’ll find they don’t think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless… yeah.

    The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can’t figure out the controls for Halo so it’s frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it’s in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child’s life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can’t be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It’s too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

  2. Funky J ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, there is more to the universe than just America, so please stop using terms like "universal broadband" unless you’re going to be wiring up Africa, South America, Australia, Asia and Europe here on earth, let alone the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Alpha Centuri, Omega Centuri,  etc

  3. T5 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If this is done with a free market approach go for it, however the second legislation and taxes get involved count me out

  4. Dark Sovereign says:

    Honestly, I don’t know how they could properly get the infrastructure set up. Mountanous regions have a very hard time getting any kind of signal, so long land lines would be needed, which would be unruly.

  5. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Why do you take a bold swing at West Virginians only? Honestly, why? You probably watched that one video that took place in one town in WV and was showing that the town’s residents didn’t like Obama because he was black. West Virginians aren’t all like that, and I can guarantee that we’re not the only state that has people who won’t vote for Obama just because he’s black.

    Take a look around you sometime. One small town in southern WV doesn’t encompass the entire state populace’s views. Not to mention the fact that racism can be found no matter where you are. If it isn’t racism against blacks, its racism against Hispanics, Italians, Arabics, Asians, etc.

    I’m sick of people making entirely uneducated statements and derogatory remarks about my state when they know next to nothing about it. ESPECIALLY when they can’t even spell Virginia correctly.

  6. thefremen says:

     If these guys succeed the internet will be flooded with even more "warrior of god" and "Barack Obama is a terrrorist man" bullshit than ever before. It’s already bad enough with all the West Verginians who can afford $30/month, imagine if all the third generation KKK members jumped on at once. 

  7. Unruly ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So wait, its Christianity and religion that is causing people to not want a black man to be president? Or is it homosexuals? See, before you were stating it was racism, so now I’m confused.

    You’re really just coming off as a bigot with your postings here, especially with the name calling. Its almost as bad as the people who say that gamers are mindless murderers.

    Oh, and I just noticed the jab at WV’s poverty rate in your first post. And if you knew anything about WV, you’d know that a lot of our poverty has to do with businessmen from other states coming in, exploiting our resources, and not paying adequate wages. Look up the Matewan Massacre and Battle of Blair Mountain to see what happened when residents tried to get fair wages and safer working conditions. The areas that are still have high poverty rates are the areas that were last to gain fair wages, and fair wages don’t automatically fix everything right when you get them. It takes years for those fair wages to turn into better education, and as a result of that less poverty, for the following generations.

  8. thefremen says:

    Christfags everywhere then. Just listing a place which is notorious for its disproportianately high number of Christfags, waaaaaaaay before the recent election. Just like how California was known for being fag central and liberal well before gay marriage became legal (because of a law that was voted in by the oh-so-liberal people being ruled unconstitutional).

    At the end of the day, it’s just going to mean that sites like and will be the subject of constant DDOS attacks.

  9. thefremen says:

     And people say GP is hard to troll.


    Actually, the only problem with this idea is that it doesn’t seem feasible without billions of dollars in Federal aid. Money which just isn’t there, it has to be diverted to faith based sex education.

  10. ZippyDSMlee says:

    The best way to deal with the bandwidth and infrastructure issues is plan rates, curretly we have a all you can eat buffet with odd limits and retractions because ISPs are over selling themselfs, what we need are 3 main plan levels basic, standard and pro with 3 or more plan rates with reasonable and OPEN/CLEAR limits in them.

    Halving the speed is very important it balances out everything nicely being bombed down to dailup speed or non bard band speed on a mid to high board band price is ridiculous and worse yet metered rates that ensure you’ll be burning money away to the singing pyre of the ISPs….

    Basic rate plans undr 30$ (very impaortant to offer baordband to get people off dailup)
    10$ mo =200 KBPS cap 5GB mo when hit speed is halved
    15$ mo =300 KBPS cap 10GB mo when hit speed is halved
    25$ mo =400 KBPS  cap 20GB mo when hit speed is halved

    Standard plan
    35$ mo =400-800 KBPS cap 25GB mo when hit speed is halved
    45$ mo =600-1200 KBPS cap 35GB mo when hit speed is halved
    50$ mo =800-1400 KBPS cap 40GB mo when hit speed is halved

    Pro plans
    55$ mo =600-900 KBPS  cap 50GB mo when hit speed is halved
    65$ mo= 900-1400 KBPS cap 60GB mo when hit speed is halved
    75$ mo= 1400 KBPS  or higher  cap 65GB mo when hit speed is halved

    Premium plans could start at 80$ at 1200KBPS or higher and have no limits.

    We need to balance out bandwidth and price so that infrastructure can be dealt with..that is if the companies do not spend the profits on other things like they always do….

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    (in need of a bad overhaul)


  11. Krono says:

    "We need to balance out bandwidth and price so that infrastructure can be dealt with..that is if the companies do not spend the profits on other things like they always do…."

    Except that you just hit upon the real issue at the end of your sentence. The problem isn’t that moderation is needed. The money’s there to make the necessary upgrades without your high pricing, or idiotic bandwidth caps. The problem is that few telecoms are willing to make the necessary long term investment in upgrading their infrastructure. They just don’t want to take the reduction in profits that they could spend on other things.


  12. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This would be good for internet commerce, but also, and far more importantly, for the freedom and diversity of expression, deadly essential at this point in history, where much of our media, and thuse public opinion, is controlled.

    One reservation, who would be providing this universal highspeed internet service? The U.S. government? An alliance of corporations? Who and how would regulate, check and balance, this program to prevent abuse of users?

  13. Krono says:

    It’d improve the economy in a couple ways that I can think of.

    1) It’d improve commerce. The various services that you’d really need broadband for, and the associated advertising would be more widely available.

    2) The need for people to maintain the expanded network would create jobs.


  14. Belgarion89 says:

    Basically, more people have access to online shopping, thus sales go up, thus the economy improves.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see how everyone haveing high speed acess to  porn is going to help the econemy, but then again, I have minimal understanding in that area (economics, not porn)

  16. Dark Sovereign says:

    That’s faulty logic at its face. You’d need numbers to support that (i.e. a region that didn’t have broadband, but suddenly did, and that translating into a notable increase in online sales). As far as we know, these billions originate in the lower back regions of certain individuals.

  17. the1jeffy says:

    Very cute.  Who will pay for all this?  I smell higher rates or higher taxes.  There’s areas 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh that still don’t have cable.  Knowing that the cable internet networks are bulging at the seams in certain areas, and not existant in others, means that the high traffic, high paying customers will see upgrades before the telcos decide to widen the infrastructure.  And who are we to tell a company what to invest in?  So either the government subsidizes it, or it doesn’t happen. 

    NO thanks.  I pay enough taxes already.  As long as this Connected Nation sticks to local initiatives, I’m in.  Keep the Feds out.

    ~~All Knowledge is Worth Having~~

  18. Ace ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wasn’t aware that the U.S. was infact the "Universe" ^^

    It’s clearer in the Facebook link…"Universal US broadband". Here I was thinking we were going for worldwide coverage =p (Not really sure how you can apply "Universal" to a project when it isn’t…ah well, no broadband on Pluto for awhile I guess…)

  19. ZippyDSMlee says:


    No the infrastructure is not there (talk to any balanced minded net nerd) it can cost a few 100K to hook a burp up of 10-20 houses and thats not even a whole city, we need to moderate cost and bandwidth until either 80% of the US is on 900KBPS board band or higher(just got 200KBPS DSL last year..they say in 2 or 4 years it might be doubled…) or wireless removes the issues from land line systems.

    Bandwidth is an issue and will be because the ISPs tend to over sell and under upgrade…and before anyone brings in Asia smaller land mass+more people= easy to do super high speed broadband….

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    (in need of a bad overhaul)


  20. The_Bobman says:

    No, the infrustructer is there, they just don’t want to hook it up.  They control the supply, demand is always going up, so they can charge you more.  If they connect all the fiber they got laying around, supply would sky rocket and demand would increase as it was before.  So now they can’t charge you as much.  Supply and Demand.  Oil, Internet, food, it’s there, they just don’t want to give it to you because they wouldn’t make as much money.

  21. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large.
    For information on games and psychology, look up:
    Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  22. Krono says:

    Interesting. Easier said than done given most telecoms don’t feel like investing in infrastructure, but it still something that needs to be pushed for.


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