Saturday February 11, 2006

Narrowband Connectivity

In the News...

China will pass the US in Broadband Lines by late 2006. US Broadband Penetration Breaks 65% Among Active Internet Users.

The US has fallen to 19th overall in household broadband penetration, and is in danger of being passed by Slovenia in early 2007.

Slovenia?!

According to [telecom analyst Bruce] Kushnick's book, "$200 Billion Broadband Scandal", during the buildup to the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, the major U.S. telcos promised to deliver fiber to 86 million households by 2006 (we're talking about fiber to the home, here). They asked for, and were given, some $200 billion in tax cuts and other incentives to pay for it. But the Bells didn't spend that money on fiber upgrades -- they spent it on long distance, wireless and inferior DSL services.

[ We thought you said spend the $200 billion on "dark fiber" in Good Morning Silicon Valley, February 02, 2006 ]

Worldwide Broadband Survey - January 2006 Bandwidth Report

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