How would a “high-bar” broadband definition promote universal broadband?

September 3, 2009

FreePress says the “FCC Should Set Bar High for Broadband Definition.”

  • Am I missing something?
  • How would that recommendation promote universal broadband anytime in the foreseeable future?
  • Doesn’t the FCC need to knock down barriers to achieve universal broadband, not go out of its way to erect new insurmountable barriers to achieving the bipartisan goal of universal broadband soonest?

There is broad consensus behind promoting broadband access to all Americans soonest.

  • The FCC’s Broadband Coordinator, Blair Levin, just blogged candidly that he was worried that there were not sufficient incentives or funds to achieve Universal Broadband and asked for creative solutions “that will deliver the synergies of broadband to the entire nation.”

My creative solution is don’t listen to FreePress.

  • FreePress is basically recommending the FCC should make an already very difficult task, mind-bogglingly more difficult by aiming for a national “world-class, ‘future-proof’ network.”
  • Common sense dictates that when confronted with a difficult problem to solve, don’t go out of one’s way to make it unworkable and practically impossible to achieve.
  • Common sense dictates that when experts are clear that different geograhies, densities and circumstances may require different technology solutions, and consumers also want mobility, why on earth set a “high-bar” broadband definition that effectively pre-ordains the deployment of only one stationary technology — fiber?

If FreePress really believed in Universal Broadband and was trying to be constructive, it would not be pushing a counter-productive, unreasonable, and completely unaffordable “high-bar” broadband definition.

  • FreePress clearly does not favor public-private cooperation to achieve universal broadband most effectively and expeditiously.
  • FreePress’ real agenda is an effective government takeover of private networks — no matter if its unworkable and unaffordable, and no matter if it would inevitably delay achievement of universal broadband to all Americans.

FreePress’ relentless war on business and private property has no place in the national broadband plan.

 

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