April 26, 2005

Falling Further Behind

The current US policy depends on incumbent providers to build out the high-speed broadband network. That policy is not working and data show that things are getting worse.

Here is a statistic you may have heard: the United States is in 13th place worldwide for broadband deployment. That statistic was published by the International Telecommunications Union, the standard-setting organization for communications worldwide.

That statistic is no longer true. They've just released their January 2005 results and things are getting worse—a lot worse. The United States has now fallen to 16th place worldwide.

Our current broadband policy got us where we are today. The muni network ban in HB 789 ensures more of the the same.

Read the full summary at the ITU site.

Posted by chip at April 26, 2005 09:56 PM