Cable Industry's Own Numbers Show General Decline In Investment Over Past Seven Years
from the net-neutrality? dept
So, yesterday we wrote about the cable industry lobbying group NCTA blatantly misleading with statistics about how much broadband investment is coming from the cable side. The story it was pushing was that investment in broadband has continued to go up and up (and thus, “changing” the rules would somehow lead to less investment).
Thankfully, one of our readers using the name cincinnatus (nice one), posted the inflation adjusted numbers, and we’ve taken the liberty of making a new chart with those numbers:
Now, it’s possible to claim — as some cable industry supporters have been — that because of greater efficiency and better technology, spending the same amount is fine because they get more value out of fewer dollars. But, if that’s the case, then that’s the argument the cable industry should be making, rather than the wholly misleading argument that investment in infrastructure has continued to rise over the last decade. It’s quite clear from the chart that this is simply not true.