Doug Allen writes about the broadening gap between those with broadband and those without. The gap appears to be more based on location than on other aspects (ie rural vs urban/suburban).
The question is how to solve this situation...
I agree that there is probably a government based solution. However, I don't believe that the government should not be setting technology or bandwidth regulation to achieve this solution similar to the USF. And, I believe that the FCC and the local PUCs should use the spread of rural broadband access as the cost of providing certain aspects of higher speeds and potentially ( ...warning! net neutrality warning!... ) quality of service pipes to other consumers.
It is obvious that the current business plan for broadband doesn't make rural based broadband an attractive option. However, for the greater good, government agencies should make a trade off to ensure that this broadband gap doesn't widen AND handicap the growth of other broadband access.
What do you think? Government regulation on bandwidth to rural homes? Or government encouragement to get all Americans broadband covered? Send me an email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) or post your comments.
NOTE - Wow... that sounded a lot like a "stump speech".... I need to stop watching CNN....
Posted April 4, 2008 8:00 AM
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