August 11, 2005

Devastating Critique of US Broadband Policy

How many megabits should a broadband connection be? One? Ten? Fifty? (Your 802.11g wireless network runs at 50Mbps.) A thousand? (That's fiber-class gigabit networking.)

Turns out that the FCC currently defines broadband as a mere fraction of that speed. Two tenths of a megabit! And in one direction only! That's hardly faster than a dialup modem.

That's one of the findings of a recently released report (1.2MB PDF) that documents the poor state of the US broadband market, and explains why the rosy picture being painted in Washington (and the Austin Capitol) doesn't match reality.

Esme has a good overview of the findings. Posted by chip at August 11, 2005 11:58 AM