Kentucky Cable Companies Point Out That Connected Nation Isn't All That

from the well,-look-at-that dept

It's seemed like a foregone conclusion that the US gov't was going to hand over lots and lots of cash to Connected Nation -- a group favored by the telcos -- to handle all of the "broadband mapping" needed for a better national broadband plan. There have been plenty of concerns about Connected Nation's close relationship with the telcos, as well as its proposal which wouldn't give a very fair or accurate picture of actual broadband offerings around the US. But a funny thing just happened. Connected Nation is really based on Connect Kentucky, where this experiment was first run, and the cable companies there have suddenly stood up to oppose Connect Kentucky, questioning its ability to accurately map broadband in the state. Looks like maybe the telcos should have cut the cablecos in on the deal before backing Connected Nation.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Aug 2009 @ 9:58pm

    Is there a word for telcos + cablecos? Maybe telcos + cablecos = telcabcos? Cabtelcos?

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    Ronald J Riley (profile), 26 Aug 2009 @ 4:54am

    Is it a surprise?

    I am not at all surprised that we may have a situation where a company sucks up to the really big players to the detriment of the smaller companies. It is gratifying to see that the smaller companies are speaking up and that Mike recognizes that there has been an injustice.

    This just goes to show that we can find common ground.

    Inventors are really tired of being shafted by by patent pirates who claim to be innovators. just because they have the capital to commercialize inventions faster than inventors does not make it right for them to do so without fairly compensating the inventor.

    Ronald J. Riley,

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Aug 2009 @ 8:40am

    It's really sad that I live in Louisville, KY and I have 10mbps for about $50/month. 20mbps is only $10/month more. I don't have it because I rarely max out my 10, and I share my internet with 2 of my neighbors!
    It's really sad to hear all the barefoot/inbred jokes and know that us stupid, inbred, redneck hillbillies are more technologically advanced than Silicon Valley where Mike Masnick can only get, what, a meg and a half?
    HA HA!

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