It's been pretty clear for sometime that broadband penetration in the US isn't nearly as high as some politicos would like you to believe, and that the fundamental problem is a lack of competition. At least one FCC commissioner, Michael Copps, realizes that, and in an op-ed in the Washington Post, slates the lack of progress (via Broadband Reports) the country has made in fostering a competitive broadband environment, expanding access and increasing the level of services available to consumers. While it's nice to hear that maybe at least one person at the FCC has some grasp of what's going on, the problem is that Copps doesn't really offer any suggestions for what to do to remedy the situation, beyond saying the FCC needs to develop a "broadband strategy". That's pretty much the same thing he said back in February, and while he's been busy since then dealing with things like the AT&T-BellSouth merger (in which he's holding out for more significant concessions from the companies), it would be nice to see him make some concrete suggestions for what this strategy should be, rather than just suggesting that a strategy is needed.
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