[opendtv] Re: Tech Advisors Tell FCC to Launch Local Broadband Deployment Competition

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:12:29 -0500

John Shutt wrote:

> As I said, there are lots of options for urban and suburban broadband already.
> The entire push for internet was precipitated by the lack of rural broadband
> internet access.
> If this is instead turning into a way for new providers to break into the
> profitable urban and suburban markets, then there are backroom buddy deals
> being struck at the FCC.

While I wouldn't begin to dismiss your last suggestion, I think there is a more 
pressing issue for the FCC and the White House.

A few months ago, in an FCC report that talked about broadband access and use, 
and the digital divide, one of the statistics mentioned was that among 
minorities, wireless broadband through smartphones was used a lot more than the 
more traditional fixed broadband. Commissioner Clyburn even stressed this 
point, when she wrote a comment to the report.

Ergo, wireless broadband is a must, to reduce or remove the digital divide. 
Remember that Chairman Genachowski keeps repeating that broadband works to 
"unleash" innovation and just about everything else.

So, providing an increasing amount of wireless broadband in urban areas becomes 
the tough nut to crack.


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