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About: Broadband business strategist, marketing expert, author and internationally renowned speaker. Craig Settles helps organizations use broadband technologies to improve government and stakeholders’ operating efficiency, as well as local economic development.
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Articles written by Craig Settles:

    Expert Opinion: Broadband Adventures in Wunderland: The Myth of the $7 million home

    Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Education, Expert Opinion, Health July 21st, 2011

    If it were a piece of classical music, the “study” by Navigant Economics’ Jeffrey Eisenach and Kevin Caves could easily be titled “Variations on a False Narrative in the key of F.” They claim, after a review of three (count ‘em, 3) of the hundreds of broadband grants, the broadband stimulus cost too much for too little ROI.

    The most misleading of the claims, though, is the alleged $349,234 spent per un-served household. Well, I should say the $7 million per un-served household, but I’ll come back to that in a bit.

    Expert Opinion: Broadband Adventures in Wunderland: The (Expensive) Myth of Competition

    Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service June 15th, 2011

    The National Broadband Plan won’t do jack until more folks in Wunderland acknowledge and aggressively address one stark truth – broadband competition is mostly a myth, expensively maintained through lobbyists, think tanks and easily-influenced politicians. Until we get meaningful competition, a significant part – though mercifully not all – of Wunderland’s policies will result in dabbling around the edges rather than a meaningful advancement of broadband in the U.S.

    Case in point: the misguided attempt by some of Wisconsin’s state legislators to prevent their state universities from using federal stimulus money to advance broadband is purely about AT&T clawing to maintain its near monopolistic hold over broadband there. In this and other states’ legislatures we see cable and telco duopolies roadblocking federal and local efforts to get communities the broadband they want and need.

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