When Will We Have a Comprehensive National Sneaker Strategy?
from the parallel-processing dept
My fellow Arsian Nate Anderson blasts the Bush administration for its laissez faire attitude toward the development of broadband infrastructure. He laments the fact that the administration lacks a “vision” or “national target” for broadband deployment. DSL Reports chimes in, noting that Japan claims to have deployed 100 Mbps fiber to eighty five percent of its homes. But Matt Sherman points out that while “we,” meaning the government, may not have a single, unified broadband strategy, “we” the broader marketplace have several broadband strategies being developed in parallel. As he says, Verizon’s strategy is fiber-to-the-home, AT&T’s strategy is fiber-to-the-node, Sprint’s strategy is WiMax, etc. Which of these will prove the most effective? I have no idea. But it’s also not clear to me how greater federal government involvement in these deployments would speed them up. Matt also notes the peculiarity of using advertised broadband speeds as a measure of broadband quality. He’s got a graph showing that, by at least some measures, North America leads the world in the deployed speed of actual measured broadband connections. Comparing advertised speeds can be problematic, especially since some countries have low usage caps that make the high advertised speeds and low advertised prices extremely misleading. There are certainly plenty of problems with the broadband marketplace, not least the limited amount of competition in many markets. But calling for a “comprehensive national broadband strategy” doesn’t make a lot of sense. We need to find ways to increase competition and remove obstacles to the deployment of more capacity, but we don’t need a national strategy for the broadband industry any more than we need a national strategy for the production of tennis shoes.