Revisiting Bush's Broadband Goals


REVISITING BUSH'S BROADBAND GOALS
[SOURCE: Technology Daily 1/30, AUTHOR: David Hatch]
In 2004, President Bush set a goal of affordable high-speed Internet access for all Americans by 2007. The target year is here, but has the goal been met? The answer may hinge on the meaning of the word "by." John Kneuer, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which advises the White House on communications policy, said Bush clearly meant the end of 2007 as the timeframe. In that case, he is confident that the objective will be achieved. Kneuer believes that less than 10% of households cannot receive broadband and that the vast majority of households have a choice of providers. Kneuer emphasized that broadband investment has grown precipitously since the FCC in 2005 classified broadband via phone networks as a lightly regulated service. The FCC and NTIA freed additional spectrum last year, encouraging more carriers to offer wireless high-speed Internet service. "We are the number one broadband marketplace in the world" as measured by total subscribers and investment, he said. Kneuer added that Iceland, with 74,000 broadband connections, is first in one survey that ranks the U.S., with 64 million subscribers, as 12th in the world.
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