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Study Backs Open Access to Broadband Networks
PC World ^ | 14 Oct 2009 | Stephen Lawson

Posted on 10/16/2009 11:23:46 AM PDT by AreaMan

Study Backs Open Access to Broadband Networks

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:50 PM PDT

Almost all of the most successful countries in broadband deployment have opened up the networks of their main carriers to competing service providers, according to a draft report put out for comment on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The report (PDF) by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society analyzes findings from a range of market-oriented democracies in an effort to understand what approaches have worked best in making sure citizens have adequate high-speed Internet access. The FCC is seeking public comments before Nov. 16.

The question of what makes for a successful national broadband policy has generated heated debate in the U.S. over the past several years, focusing on issues including net neutrality, the Universal Service Fund for rural phone service, and the proper role of government. The U.S. frequently is ranked below many other highly developed countries in studies of overall access to broadband

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; competition; internet

1 posted on 10/16/2009 11:23:46 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan
A system that works well in Iceland or Great Britian might now work so well for the USA. The USA, after all, is much larger then either.

Since those are the only 2 nations who have anywhere near as much Net access as the USA, I suspect that FTC study is another "government solution" looking for funding for a non existent problem

2 posted on 10/16/2009 11:27:43 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Within downtown L.A. there’s free internet access...due to the amount of Starbucks at every corner.

3 posted on 10/16/2009 11:55:19 AM PDT by max americana (i)
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