Talkin' Backhaul Blues
Wirtz writes on the advantage that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless have over Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) when it comes to deploying high-speed broadband wireless: They have more time and more fiber, as I laid out in the story.
Wirtz, however, really highlights something I was only able to scratch the surface of in my article. How 4G deployments could actually deepen the digital divide:
As the TCP convergence happens, you are going to see that guy with the fattest pipe in the most places will win. The thing that worries me is the digital divide between people who live in wired neighborhoods and those who don’t. Soon the economic and educational divide will widen between those who live in places that have the infrastructure and those who don’t.
It is funny, if you remember back a few years, supporters were claiming that one of the benefits of WiMax was that it would help to unwire places where cable cos. couldn't -- or wouldn't -- reach. Just another fat-pipe dream!
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung