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FCC: Up to 24M Lack Broadband Access

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WASHINGTON -- In response to a Congressional directive to inquire whether broadband “is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion,” the FCC concluded in its Sixth Broadband Deployment Report that between 14 and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband, and the immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak. This report underscores the need for comprehensive reform of the Universal Service Fund, innovative approaches to unleashing new spectrum, and removal of barriers to infrastructure investment.

In an era when broadband has become essential for U.S. jobs, economic growth, global competitiveness, and democratic engagement, millions of Americans live in areas without broadband. Many of these Americans are poor or live in rural areas that will remain unserved without reform of the universal service program and other changes to U.S. broadband policy that spur investment in broadband networks by lowering the cost of deployment.

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shygye75
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12/5/2012 | 4:29:24 PM
re: FCC: Up to 24M Lack Broadband Access


Congratulations are in order, even if the FCC doesn't want to admit it. Sure, up to 24 million Americans don't have any access to broadband service, but that's pretty good considering that more than 40 million now live below the poverty line. So, well done, telecom industry -- we may be living in group shelters and eating cat food (or actual cats), but we can get faster downloads!

paolo.franzoi
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12/5/2012 | 4:29:23 PM
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If I use the 14M number that means BB reach is over 95% of Americans.  I wonder how many Chinese don't have BB access?


 


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paolo.franzoi
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12/5/2012 | 4:29:22 PM
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So, I put that up there because of the economic growth angle in the release.  According to these massively significant sample of 2 economies it can be shown that broadband penetration is very bad for the economy.  (Note: humor) But seriously there has been no link between bb penetration and economic growth,


 


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shygye75
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12/5/2012 | 4:29:22 PM
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According to data from Pyramid's new China Country Intelligence Report and the latest stats provided by the Chinese government, less than 10% of China's population now has broadband service, and the vast majority of those that do have broadband have it via 3G. Network buildouts have focused on urban areas, but the majority of the population still is classified as rural. It's only a guess, but I'd say that broadband availability is at best a 60/40 proposition, and 3G accounts for a huge part of that 60. Imagine the press releases the FCC could crank with numbers like that.

shygye75
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shygye75,
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12/5/2012 | 4:29:20 PM
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To your point, I wouldn't be surprised if Monte Carlo has a lower bb penetration rate than, say, Garfield, NJ.

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