Some member of Daniel Inouye’s staff asks a good question about the FCC broadband plan:
“The National Broadband Plan (NBP) proposes a goal of having 100 million homes subscribed at 100Mbps by 2020,” he wrote, “while the leading nations already have 100Mbps fiber-based services at costs of $30 to $40 per month and beginning rollout of 1Gbps residential services, which the FCC suggests is required only for a single anchor institution in each community by 2020. This appears to suggest that the US should accept a 10- to 12-year lag behind the leading nations.”
“What is the FCC’s rationale for a vision that appears to be firmly rooted in the second tier of countries?”
The rationale is that this is the best they can do with a legislative branch in the pocket of telecom providers. Those providers are more interested in milking current infrastructure and protecting old revenue streams (cable TV and telephone) than providing world-class Internet service. The FCC can’t regulate the current Internet oligopoly because our mobbed-up Congress will just slap them down while blathering about “free markets” and “intrusive regulation”.