Why The FCC Broadband Plan Underwhelms

Media reports of the FCC broadband plan (pdf) that was sent to Congress today were fawning. Almost all contain this quote from FCC Chair Julius Genacowski, which describes the plan to connect 100 million U.S. households (~85 percent) to 100 Mbps high speed broadband by 2020 as
a 21st-century roadmap to spur economic growth and investment, create jobs, educate our children, protect our citizens and engage in our democracy.
But does this plan meet that lofty claim? No. (Read on if you want to argue with me.)…continue reading →

U.S. Cities In 43 States Vying For Google Fiber

Updated 26 March More than 100 cities and counties in 43 states have official and unofficial efforts to develop a pitch for Google's fiber contest by 26 March. Apparently missing: Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Wyoming. But there's an unofficial Facebook page for Washington, DC. On 10 February, Google announced that it was "planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States." The company explained: …continue reading →