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STATE VIDEO FRANCHISING AND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT INITIATIVES. Presentation to: Chicago Chapter Federal Communications Bar Association April 18, 2008 Michael Morris Video Franchising & Broadband Deployment Communications Division California Public Utilities Commission.
BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT INITIATIVES
Federal Communications Bar Association
April 18, 2008
Video Franchising & Broadband Deployment
California Public Utilities Commission
Video Franchise Statistics as of January 2, 2008
Average Time To Process Applications
Broadband holds so much promise as an economic, political, and social engine for all that it must be considered a major shortcoming when minority populations cannot access it, and one that needs to be overcome, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) said today.
The member of the House subcommittee on courts, the Internet, and intellectual property told those gathered at a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies discussion of broadband, new media, and minorities that advanced telecom services represent “the civil rights [issue] of the 21st century. . . . When you speak of civil rights, then the . . . utilization of the Internet has to be there.”
The U.S. Internet Industry Association today criticized “the accepted political dogma that America has in some way failed in its efforts to deploy broadband,” saying that such judgments confuse deployment with adoption and compare data from different countries that isn’t adjusted for differences in population density.
USIIA President and Chief Executive Officer David McLure professed himself “surprised” by the findings of “Deployment of Broadband to Rural America,” a report released by the organization today. “I was surprised by how robust deployment of broadband has been to rural America,” he told reporters during a conference call.”
In fact, he said, “We’ve pulled off a deployment coup [with] the fastest deployment [of new technology] in human history.”
October 3, 2007
Unlike U.S., Japanese Push Fiber Over Profit
By KEN BELSON
TOKYO — The United States may be the world’s largest economy, but when it comes to Internet connections at home, many Americans still live in the slow lane. By contrast, Japan is a broadband paradise with the fastest and cheapest Internet connections in the world.
Nearly eight million Japanese have a fiber optic line at home that is as much as 30 times speedier than a typical DSL line.
But while that speed is a boon for Japanese users, industry analysts and some companies question whether the push to install fiber is worth the effort, given the high cost of installation, affordable alternatives and lack of services that take advantage of the fast connections.
Indeed, the stock price of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, which has two-thirds of the fiber-to-the-home market, has sunk because of concerns about heavy investments and the deep discounts it has showered on customers. Other carriers have gotten out of the business entirely, even though it is supported by government tax breaks and other incentives.
USDA ANNOUNCES $267 MILLION RURAL BROADBAND LOAN
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2008 — USDA Rural Development Under Secretary
Thomas C. Dorr today announced that Open Range Communications, headquartered in Denver,Colo., has been approved to receive a $267 million loan from USDA Rural Development to
provide broadband service to 518 rural communities in 17 states.
This partnership will address the significant need to deploy wireless, portable broadband
connectivity to improve service in considerable portions of rural America. The commitment by
USDA and Open Range represents one of the largest public-private investments for broadband
service by the federal government.
This unique set of services will provide cutting-edge Wi-Max technology that transmits
wireless data in areas not serviced by cable or DSL technologies. Open Range plans to offer
affordable, wireless, high-speed broadband service to underserved and unserved areas.
1. California must ensure ubiquitous and affordable broadband infrastructure, made available through a variety of technologies to all Californians.
2. California must drive the creation and use of applications that produce the greatest economic, educational, and social benefits for California’s economy and communities.
3.California must construct next-generation broadband infrastructure, positioning California as the global economic leader in a knowledge-based economy.
New Speed Tiers