Wednesday, January 30, 2008

US broadband goal nearly reached

Y! News states, "In 2004, President Bush pledged that all Americans should have affordable access to high-speed Internet service by 2007. A report to be released Thursday by the administration says it has succeeded — mostly." The report is probably being released at the State of the Net conference that Sue Crawford is attending in DC tomorrow.

One more Mission Accomplished by our Cowboy President. Oh, wait, did someone say, Almost. Yeah. That figures. What I see accomplished is the following:
  • there are now 2 Ma Bells
  • Big Media is having a payday
  • Ma Bell is pulling in $10B per month - and raising rates to boot
  • Still lacking substantial broadband speeds to those that want it
  • Increased Digital Divide as there is still 30% of the populace without a computer, which may not be a bad thing health-wise, but will be a disadvantage come employment time.

BTW, if you are wondering how the report can be so rosy, I point to you to where the data came from: "The NTIA report drew its conclusion using data from the Federal Communications Commission and other sources. The FCC reported that more than 99 percent of all U.S. ZIP codes received broadband service from at least one provider by the end of 2006."

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