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FCC To Dictate 25 Times Internet Speeds

From a grateful Reuters:

U.S. to roll out major broadband policy

By John Poirier And Sinead Carew Sun Mar 14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hours.

Dramatically increasing Internet speeds to 25 times the current average is one of the myriad goals to be unveiled in the National Broadband Plan by the the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday

Some details of the plan have trickled out in the last few weeks including how to find spectrum to meet an anticipated explosion of handset devices capable of playing movies and music in addition to handling emails and voice calls.

But some carriers like AT&T Inc and Qwest Communications International Inc were irked last month when the agency’s chief, Julius Genachowski, announced that the FCC would propose in the plan a goal of 100 Mbps speeds to be in place at 100 million American homes in 10 years. The current average is less than 4 Mbps.

In a sign of tension between the FCC and carriers, Qwest called it "a dream" and AT&T reacted by saying the FCC should resist calls for "extreme forms of regulation."

Since the FCC announcement, Cisco Systems Inc announced it would introduce a router that can handle Internet traffic up to 12 times faster than rival products. Google Inc has also gotten in on the hype, saying it plans to build a super-fast Internet network to show that it can be done. The FCC has praised both announcements.

The plans could also touch off tensions with television broadcasters, who will be asked to give up spectrum to wireless carriers who desperately need it for their mobile devices, such as the iPhone and Blackberry.

The FCC plans to let them share in the profits of auctions structured to redistribute the spectrum

The FCC also wants to make sure that anchor institutions — government buildings, schools, libraries and healthcare facilities — get speeds of about 1 gigabit per second by 2020

FCC officials have said some of the goals are aspirational and should be viewed as a "living, breathing" document for the next decade in hopes of helping 93 million Americans without broadband get connected.

"It is both aspiration and achievable," Genachowski said.

The Obama administration has touted the plan as a way to create jobs and make energy use more efficient

Officials have said the plan will ask Congress to fund up to $16 billion to build an emergency public safety system.

It would also tell lawmakers that a one-time injection of $9 billion could accelerate broadband reach to the 4 percent of Americans who do have access. Otherwise they could let the FCC carry out a 10-year plan to realign an $8 billion U.S. subsidy program for universal broadband access instead of universal phone access

Notice that all the FCC is actually doing is changing the allocation of the broadband spectrum.

Oh, and they are throwing more billions of the taxpayers’ dollars at giving more people high speed internet access.

Perhaps they will announce ponies for everybody, as well.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “FCC To Dictate 25 Times Internet Speeds”

  1. canary says:

    “FCC officials have said some of the goals are aspirational and should be viewed as a “living, breathing” document…”


  2. proreason says:

    Anything the government dictates will be more expensive and harder to use than if the free market is allowed to take its course.

    Other than space exploration, the government needs to get out of the business of business.

    • Mithrandir says:

      At times, to fill a need, the gov’t can give tax breaks, or waive certain complications to encourage investment in something like broadband, but not with these people!

      I wouldn’t trust them to help clean our filthy pig pens on the farm. The gov’t would hire union workers at $200/hr, complain that your water to give them wasn’t FDA compliant for cleanliness, would work 2 hours a day, and on their way out give citations for a dozen county zoning violations then stick you with the bill. –you can imagine….

      They are just a giant crap-sandwich, and we don’t want or need anything from them.

  3. bill says:

    Broadband reparations, you have too much pie, so you have got to share with people who probably don’t even have computers.

    One thing no one wants done is give the government control of the last vestiges of free speech … Don’t do it.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    I don’t know what any of this is about.

    My computer works and I can talk on my cell phone.

    My mother lived to be 81 without a cell phone or computer.

    “Officials have said the plan will ask Congress to fund up to $16 billion to build an emergency public safety system.”

    We have 911 in our county.

    Just saying…

  5. canary says:

    Maybe it will be like Iran and they will keep us from communicating at a press of a button.

    I recall that Kundra guy that Obama hired as the first computer czar. The one that went on leave for awhile, when two of his co-workers, prior to his appointment were arrested by the FBI. Anyways, Kundra was giggling at how long it took people to hear about 9/11 and his main pitch was about speed.
    There’s technology that can destroy everyone’s computer too, I think.

    But, what good is it if Obama is vacationing in Hawaii Christmas Eve, or
    speaking to native Americans giving shout outs in the moments after Ft. Hood.

    Maybe faster scrubs like when Obama was falling down looped during his visit to China.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    This would be a fine idea, and a worthy goal IF:

    1. Our government had a track record of honesty.

    2. Our government had a track record of fiscal responsibility.

    3. Our government had a track record of working within a budget.

    4. Our government had a track record of fairness.

    5. Our government had a track record of not strong-arming people who don’t cooperate with its goals.

    6. Our government had a track record of not abusing our rights.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The Obama administration has touted the plan as a way to create jobs and make energy use more efficient…

    Well……there you go again.

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