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.
Set-Top-Box Revisited: How does the Gateway solution increase competition?
Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan
April 30th, 2010
The FCC seems determined in revisiting and repairing the current CableCard rules fiasco in which it chose to mandate a universal Set-Top-Box for Cable, Telco, and DBS providers. Where does a solution lie, and is the FCC going down another road of improbable acceptance?
Net Neutrality Comments: Amazon.com Believes That Only Consumers Should Prioritize Internet Traffic
Net Neutrality Comments
January 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 15, 2010 – Amazon.com is another supporter of network neutrality, and has historically urged the FCC to support this principle.
In Letter to FCC, Commerce Department Broadband Chief Urges More Competition
Broadband Data, National Broadband Plan
January 7th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 7, 2009 – The head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Monday urged the Federal Communications Commission to take steps designed to encourage greater competition in the market for high-speed internet access.
In a Monday letter to the FCC as part of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling urged that “the Internet’s innovation ecosystem is built on, and thus depends upon, a communications infrastructure operating at broadband speeds, with robust bi-directional service.”
The current level of competition is not enough to spur innovation or cause increased investment in broadband, Strickling said.
Broadband Competition on Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Agenda
March 25th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2009 – Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and tanking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced that broadband internet competition would be among the major subjects on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee this Congress.
Next Breakfast Club: How Do We Get More Broadband Competition?
March 3rd, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2009 – The role of broadband competition is central to discussion about a National Broadband Strategy, and to the emerging process for states and companies to tap into the $7.2 billion in federal funds allocated last month for broadband services.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns, Expresses Regret About Public Safety Communications
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
January 15th, 2009
WASHINGTON, January 15, 2009 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin on Thursday resigned from his position, effective Inauguration Day, and expressed the regret about the lack of interoperable communications networks for public safety officials.
Why BroadbandCensus.com Supports the National Broadband Strategy Statement
December 5th, 2008
WASHINGTON, December 5 – BroadbandCensus.com was founded January 2008 after the experience of trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some very basic broadband information: the names of the carriers operating in each ZIP code.
Want Better Broadband in America? Take the Broadband Census!
July 15th, 2008
Commentary WASHINGTON, July 15 – Most Americans who have high-speed Internet can’t imagine life without broadband. How could you connect to the Internet of today without it? In today’s world, broadband is as basic as running water and electricity. And yet the U.S. is falling behind globally.