Broadband services

Slideshow#MobileOnly Movement Targets FCC's Broadband Plans

brooks7 1/9/2018 | 4:27:26 PM
Re: Rural Areas Dennis,

Just live in an IOC property.  They likely have Gigabit service. A large telco rural property...not so much.

mendyk 1/9/2018 | 2:27:40 PM
Re: Rural Areas I'm told that there are many many benefits to living in a rural area. "True broadband" may not be one of those benefits.
brooks7 1/9/2018 | 1:06:18 PM
Re: Rural Areas @Vernon,

That "loophole" is not a loophole.  It was the point of the law.  Lots of Rural Broadband has been done under USF and CAF funding.  The issue has generally been the other way around.  The money comes with some strings attached.  The large telcos have not generally wanted to deal with those strings.


Carol Wilson 1/9/2018 | 12:25:53 PM
Re: Rural Areas I have no doubt that those who actually live in rural areas could tell those of us who don't a lot. My question would be the quality of LTE coverage in many rural areas and whether it delivers a true broadband experience. I also think that settling for wireless coverage because it's better than the existing wired options is just that, settling. 
VernonDozier 1/4/2018 | 5:50:47 PM
Ajit Pai- master of new definitions of words. Imagine if only 150 people over 1,000 square mile area could watch the Super Bowl. That’s the type of policy Ajit is creating. The biggest problem with changing definitions of “broadband” is that cellular providers, with millions of customers today, can advertise having broadband over network sales that are already deployed; and also have millions of customers. The problem however, for cellular, is that they ALL use existing infrastructure to deliver existing services, including emergency services, city and county-wide communications. All cellular providers also utilize “network management techniques” which are actually designed to limit customer “use” (often carefully worded as “abuse”). Caps and throttling on physical wire to the home doesn’t have. It all comes down to usable bandwidth on a square-mile basis. If you have 10,000 users, you create strings on the rateplans that limit 9,000 people from using service a the same time. LTE Services being tested in the lab are able to provide Gigabit speeds when a LTE device can connect to 4 or 5 cell antennas. This type of speed may Ben useful if seen in metro areas, but in rural areas where potential POPs and populations themselves don’t justify expenses, one cell structure may be purpose-built to cover 1200 square miles of land. If carriers sign up 200 new people in that area, those networks can easily be overloaded to not facilitate the advertised services customers want and desire. Until LTE (and Wireline) can provide service without any throttling or data caps at all and can compete toe-to-toe with wireline, Ajit’s proposals merely serve to benefit larger carriers in an effort to advertise service that doesn’t scale.. Ajit seems to forget that when AT&T and DIRECTV launched streaming services (DIRECTV Now), it was Verizon customers that often complained that the service didn’t work. However, the actual problem was Verizon’s wireline network and a lack of peering agreements to meet demand. Furthermore, as a part of Connect America Funding, FCC carved out a loophole. I learned that CenturyLink was allowed to accept FCC CAF funding but instead of upgrading DSLAM equipment for DSL in rural areas, CenturyLink was allowed to accept funding and also “offset” investment in rural areas. This was likely accomplished to meet certain “number of customer” metrics as reported to Congress. This loophole made the CAF program appear more successful than it actually was. Broadband with a 20GB cap or even a 50GB cap isn’t really broadband at all. Downgrading quality of video streams doeant compete with wireline either. But Ajit is an lawyer; and I don’t expect him to understand economic concepts such as supply and demand, or market researcher that shows people will want to stream 4K TV similar to broadcast TV. Allowing national carriers to advertise “broadband” in rural pushes rural wireless providers out of a business that invest into networks instead of national advertising budgets. When the networks can’t deliver services that a “traditional“ broadband network can, including HD and 4K Video, customers become confused, call to complain, and finally, an increase in operational expense occurs in hiring call center employees to re-educate customers on what “Broadband” service actually is. All that occurs in leu of the original policy goal of investing into network infrastructure that is able to scale.
Art King 1/4/2018 | 3:49:30 PM
Rural Areas For those that don't experience it, terrestrial services in rural areas are usually slower than LTE. I have to switch on my LTE hotspot in the afternoon due to Netflix, YouTube and Gaming swamping my ISPs backhaul (local loop is plenty fast). The economics to increase backhaul don't work because the cost can't really be passed on in low density areas. I think there are activists clamoring for things that don't actually represent on-the-ground conditions or their thinking is one size fits all with no nuance.  
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