Broadband Expert Andrew Odlyzko Warns Telecom Investors That Industry Has Its Math Wrong, Again
November 4th, 2014
November 4, 2014 – Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam claimed in an editorial in The New York Times, “The United States built its lead because companies invested nearly $1.2 trillion, over 17 years, to deploy next-generation broadband networks.” That number is meaningless: over a period of 17 years, much of the […]
Profiles of Prospective Candidates to be FCC Chairman: Karen Kornbluh and Catherine Sandoval
Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, People, Wireless
April 3rd, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2013 – This week BroadbandBreakfast.com continues its series of profiles of many of the top prospective candidates that might be selected to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Julius Genachowski, the 29th chairman, on Friday announced on March 22, that he would step down within a few weeks. Many credited Julius […]
U.S. is Doing Fine in Broadband Performance, According to Study by Information Technology and Information Foundation
Broadband's Impact, International
February 12th, 2013
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2013 – The United States is, in fact, among the world leaders in broadband deployment, according to a study released Tuesday by the Information Technology and Information Foundation. “Through this report, we identify multiple areas where America is doing well, where improvement is needed and most importantly the real reasons for some […]
OECD Releases Open Internet Framework
Intellectual Property, International, Net Neutrality
July 6th, 2011
WASHINGTON July 6, 2011- The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the Communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy Making last week, presenting a new framework of policies that will promote open internet regulations while still protecting the rights of content makers.
The OECD is an international organization composed of 34 governments with a goal of promoting democracy and expanding market economies.
New America Foundation, Google Present International Broadband Map
Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, FCC, International, NTIA
March 23rd, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2011 – The New America Foundation and Google gathered government officials Wednesday to present an overview of the organizations’ website that gathers, compiles and maps international broadband connection speed data.
The site, Measurement Lab, provides the broadband data for researchers. The site is a collaborative venture between Google, the New America Foundation and the academic consortium PlanetLab.
GAO Report Sees Tough Implementation of National Broadband Plan
Broadband's Impact, FCC, International, National Broadband Plan
October 13th, 2010
WASHINGTON, October 13, 2010 – The United States plans to take actions to promote broadband similar to other nations, but achieving the goals will be challenging, says a new government report.
OECD Data Shows Slow US Broadband Growth
Broadband Data, International
June 14th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2010 – The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has just released its updated broadband statistics for December 2009. In a shift in their methodology, fixed wireless and satellite connections are now going to be their own separate categories due to the increase in mobile broadband options available. With the recent addition of Chile to the organization average penetration rates have grown to 23.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants up from 22.8 in June 2009.
U.S. Takes Top Spot in Global Connectivity Study Commissioned by Nokia
Broadband Data, International
February 1st, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 1, 2010 – The United States took the top spot on the 2009 Connectivity Scorecard, a research project linking increased national technological connectivity with socio-economic transformation.
Professor Leonard Waverman of the London Business School and economic consulting firm LECG put together the scorecard focusing on 50 countries using metrics such as national usage, skills and infrastructure.
Waverman found that the United States leads more categories than any other nation – its person computer penetration of businesses is excellent and the nation takes top prize in secure server deployment. However, he found that consumer infrastructure does not score as highly for the United States as its other metrics and its “broadband and 3G penetration are average.”
OECD Releases Latest Broadband Statistics
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates
December 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009 – The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development updated its broadband statistics Friday to reflect that the number of broadband subscribers in OECD member states increased by 10 percent from June 2008 to June 2009.
Berkman Center Report on Next Generation Connectivity Criticizes U.S. Policy Choices
Broadband Stimulus, National Broadband Plan
November 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2009 – The main purpose of the report by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission, was to examine global broadband policies and determine how the United States may adopt principles employed by the rest of the world as a means of expanding the current state of domestic broadband. Among nations, there seem to be two different overarching goals, ubiquity and capacity.
Many European nations seem to be reaching for a goal of ubiquity rather than capacity. While they do seek to obtain high-speed connections, their first goal has been to achieve mass adoption and availability of broadband. This ubiquity was a key portion of Japan’s early broadband planning, but now it has shifted toward higher-capacity connectivity.