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.
Wisconsin Governor Asks State Legislature for Broadband Funding
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, States
June 17th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – On Monday Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle went before the state’s joint finance committee to ask that they approve the use of $23 Million in stimulus funding. The funding would provide fiber optic connections for schools in over 70 districts by the end of this year and by the end of 2011 over 380 libraries would receive connections.
Commerce Announces Final Grant Awards from First Funding Round
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, NTIA, States, Universal Service, Wireless
April 27th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – The Commerce Department has announced nine broadband investments totaling more than $114 million in grants, in more than a dozen states. The announcement marks the final grant awards from the first round of BTOP applications.
Commerce Unveils 10 Grants Worth $357 Million
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, States
February 19th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2010 – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday announced 10 grants totaling $357 million to help spread high-speed Internet access across the country.