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Broadband Providers Fear Getting FCC’d Over By Obama Plan

Topics: Politics | 1 CommentBy admin | March 26, 2010

It’s a shame that one in three Americans wouldn’t understand half of the FCC report their Internet connection is too slow to download.

My favorite new way to start a sentence is “well, now that we got that health care problem licked, we can…” because you can say almost anything after that, and no-one will hear a word of that you say. Which I fear will end up being the problem with the political topic du jour of the last few days, i.e. The National Broadband Plan. While Americans are still seeing little birdies and stars circling their heads after going a bunch of rounds with the health care fight, the administration is following up with the rollout of the massive plan to give everyone in America broadband . One interesting thing about the plan is that according to the report itself, it would take 6% of Americans 27 minutes to download the 11.5MB PDF file. Yes, not only are 35% of Americans still without broadband, but almost 1 in 5 of those are on dial-up! Strangely, in spite of all the billions being raked in by American service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, the US ranks 15th globally in both broadband speed and availability. Although part of me cynically thinks that making sure that this disenfranchised 35% has broadband just means we’ll see more talking smiley banner ads, more porn consumption, more security exploits, and heavier YouTube server loads, the more hopeful and human part of me knows that the impact on education, innovation, and commerce could only be positive. And my faith in the core of the plan is reinforced when I read articles like this Information Week piece that suggest that America’s feeble broadband standing – so far driven by monopolistic private enterprise – is good enough. And by the fact that the that the only parties questioning the plans so far are politicians who suggest that the government running ANYTHING is bad . I mean, am I the only one who finds irony in the fact that a person whose job it is to run the country suggests that the government doesn’t know how to run anything? It’ll be interesting to see what kind of partisan spin the new broadband plan receives over the next few weeks. Some think the Hatorade will flow freely. What do you think about the new broadband initiatives?

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