More People Realizing Broadband Stimulus Is Targeting The Wrong Problem

from the competition,-competition,-competition dept

We've been worried about the details of the broadband stimulus bill, since it has looked mostly like a way to give money to incumbent telcos, rather than to actually stimulate any broadband. Obama advisor Blair Levin insisted this was just part I, and was more about creating jobs than tackling the broadband problem, but it looks like more folks are getting worried, as well. Scott Bradner points out the obvious at Network World: the broadband stimulus package seems focused on getting broadband to people who aren't that interested in broadband, more than it's about improving broadband for those who do want it.

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    CalM, 29 Jan 2009 @ 5:56am

    They must not want it, or something.

    False premise.

    Not just a question of ignorance or of a rural culture that doesn't value connectivity. Its just that everyone who absolutely needs broadband has been forced to move to an area that has it.

    And there are LOTS of people that would like to relocate to rural areas but can never consider it. When looking for a house existing broadband service was a top consideration given to our realtor. I have to live where the connectivity is, so guys like me aren't there when the survey folks come by.

    This more or less exactly mirrors the surveys that the power companies did when they were told by the government to roll out power to the Tenessee Valley during the great depression. "Nobody there wants it - if they did they moved to the city."

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