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DHagar
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DHagar,
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7/28/2014 | 1:29:28 PM
Re: Time to Get Smart About SMB Services
@calbert234, interesting points.  My comment is focused on the "partnership" that can advance connectivity (wired or wireless) through public/private collaboration, making a universal access available that can assist SMB.  If you had that infrastructure in place then private preferences (i.e., fast wired connections) can be built to serve those needs, without having to separately invest in the infrastructure costs.

Obviously, you are holding out for the best for Nigeria - that is great!

 
calbert234
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calbert234,
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7/28/2014 | 11:47:37 AM
Re: Time to Get Smart About SMB Services
I do not agree that mobile broadband can be a substitute for wired broadband access. The trend in both cases are very different. In the mobile world, increase in data speed, results in increase in the cost of the services while in the wired access, increase in speed often result in decrease in cost of services. In my country Nigeria, alot of people are of the opinion that mobile is a substitute for wired access and I always argue it out. Till we achieve wired broadband, I will keep up with my expensive and unreliable internet dongle. 
DHagar
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DHagar,
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7/15/2014 | 3:45:05 PM
Re: Time to Get Smart About SMB Services
@FakeMitchWagner, exactly.  We need new and better models of public/private partnerships.  Local government, in particular, can play a positive role in partnering with industry, who better understands technology.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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7/15/2014 | 2:56:59 PM
Re: Time to Get Smart About SMB Services

Government not understanding technology is a problem on both sides of the Atlantic. One school of thought says, well, get government out of technology and business! But that's no answer at all. Because so much of the technology industry is a natural monopoly, government needs to be active. And it needs to be smart about 

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DHagar,
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7/14/2014 | 8:21:09 PM
Re: Time to Get Smart About SMB Services
@Ray, great insight.  They are truly missing the market opportunity in developing communications connectivity through tiered communication services, as you point out.  Cities are stepping up and developing, or partnering, to provide broadband infrastructure; so it is only a matter of time where connectivity will be a utility.  Then the markets for the developing SMB market will make sense.

You are right that the FSB is a vested voice, but the issue is of greater value to regional economic development at large.


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