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2/13/2018 | 3:05:06 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
Broadband satellite is an inadequate substitute for fixed broadband. Even the latest FCC Broadband report admits to that, even though satellite would paper over the broadband divide. Maybe, someday, it will get to 25/3 or better, and sub-30 ms latency and pricing in line with fixed providers.

You did notice that last week, Verizon announced they were taking $70.1 M from New York State, $12 M from CAF (!!) and chipping in $23.8 to pass 15 k premises in Upstate New York?
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2/13/2018 | 2:43:48 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
You mean the folks that never met an ag subsidy they didn't like?

Government hand-outs for me but not for thee.
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2/13/2018 | 1:07:50 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
 

So, just FYI satellite broadband is just about everywhere.  So we are really talking about 2nd and 3rd providers.

To me the real deal is that if we are going to subsidize rural broadband we need to change the social contract with it.  Turn those areas back into a utility.  Otherwise they are not getting an upgrade.  I don't care how much you lay out in funds, it is not worth it for a large provider.

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2/13/2018 | 12:54:50 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
All of this sounds good, except when you factor in that the people who would benefit from these programs overwhelmingly vote for representatives that espouse the exact opposite of governmental activism. And many of those people would and do argue that the less the government is involved in ensuring that human needs are met, the better. Hence the title of this thread.
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2/13/2018 | 12:38:04 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
Health care is not a human right, either. Human rights are political rights. It's wrong to conflate them with human needs. They are different. That doesn't relieve government of the duty to ensure that every resident's human needs are being met.

People living in rural areas have just as much need for good broadband access as suburban and urban folks. Arguably, more. It's not just about streaming Netflix in 4k. Connected farms, e-commerce, telehealth, telemedicine and distance learning demonstratably improve productivity and well-being to rural communities. Broadband is no more optional than electricity, roads and POTS (in the day).
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2/13/2018 | 12:23:57 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
It's complicated. The policy goal is to get broadband to everybody. Sometimes tilting an incumbent's business case toward serving an unserved area is the most cost-effective way of doing that. Sometimes a few chunks of federal grant or loan money, added to other sources can make a business case work for rural electric coops, local governments, public/private partnerships or local small businesses. 

If there is to be new federal money, it should be handed out to whatever entity than can most effectively apply it toward the policy goal. Reverse auctions (like CAF-II) or merit-based grants (like REA) that are business-model neutral would be an effective use of federal $$.

"I am not a capitalist. I am not a socialist. I am a pragmatist." (Lee Kwan-Yoo)

 

 
mendyk
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2/13/2018 | 11:29:49 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
For the most part, we're talking about degrees of availability regarding broadband. If the need is great enough, and the demand is strong enough, service will extend out to less populated areas without massive public-sector intervention. We have other things to spend our limited money on -- like getting poor folks enrolled in Blue Apron-like meal delivery services.
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2/13/2018 | 11:14:06 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
Interesting take. But I think broadband is far more akin to electricity today than a nice-to-have amenity. It's becoming harder and harder to live without.
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2/13/2018 | 11:08:19 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
I have a hard time buying into the concept that broadband access is a basic human right. We all make trade-offs when it comes to choosing where to live. City slickers get more bandwidth. Country folk get the laid-back lifestyle. Etc.
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2/13/2018 | 10:59:50 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
Corporate welfare, what a loaded term. It would be nice if SPs would deploy service everywhere, but communities are losing even the ability to negotiate for coverage in sparser regions because of the rush to tear down regulatory barriers to deployment. There is no requirement and no incentive for telcos to deploy networks in a number of areas. There is also every reason to deploy the highest-value, newest network technologies in in the areas with the highest profit-earning potential. This is a problem.
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