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Broadband Policy & Deployment. Roy Lathrop NCTA. NARUC Summer Meeting 2007 New York, New York. Cable Broadband. Largest US provider : $110b investment in past 10 yrs; ~30m household sub Available: 94% of US households 45% household penetration 3/07

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broadband policy deployment

Broadband Policy & Deployment

Roy Lathrop

NCTA

NARUC Summer Meeting 2007

New York, New York

cable broadband
Cable Broadband
  • Largest US provider: $110b investment in past 10 yrs; ~30m household sub
  • Available: 94% of US households
  • 45% household penetration 3/07
    • but 26% hh w/o computer, 21% dial-up alternative access: hotspots, work, college
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Available,

Not interested

Hotspots, corporate and government users

broadband deployment
Broadband Deployment
  • Ubiquitous Deployment
    • Nonpartisan issue: economic growth, health & education, news & entertainment
  • Is the US “falling behind?”
    • Internat’l rankings understate progress
    • Total subs, growth, competition; density differences, etc.
    • factors beyond policy control: age, income, household size
gov t bb initiatives
Gov’t BB Initiatives
  • Federal
    • Connected Nation Act
    • Broadband Data Improvement
    • RUS grant program
  • State / Muni – define extent of muni service
    • State bills ’07: CT, MO, NJ, NC, PA, SC, VT
    • “barrier to entry” or fiscal responsibility?
gov t bb initiatives7
Gov’t BB Initiatives

Target unserved areas

  • tax credits and incentives for build out
  • any USF money for broadband
  • public-private partnerships
  • retain moratorium on internet access taxes
  • reform RUS loan program
cable broadband speed
Cable Broadband Speed
  • 1996 1 – 1.5 Mbps
  • 2007 5 - 6 Mbps standard

15 - 30 Mbps tiers from many

100+ Mbps with “wideband”

broadband speed is there ever enough
Broadband Speed: is there ever enough?
  • YouTube
    • consumes more bandwidth than all of 2000
  • Speed increasing, migrating downstream
    • the death of dial-up?
    • mobility
  • What’s the next YouTube?
    • Multitasking HDTV + HD videophone + gaming
bb initiatives ongoing challenges
BB Initiatives:Ongoing Challenges

Eyesores or salvation?

free vs. $10–20 / mo

summary
Summary
  • Broadband initiatives
    • Target unserved areas
    • Rely on market forces
  • Broadband availability
    • Rankings understate progress