Thursday, July 02, 2009

Biden announces $4 billion economic stimulus for broadband, but with a catch: low standards!

Vice President Joseph Biden has announced the release of $4 billion in economic stimulus funds to provide broadband access in many more rural areas of the nation, according to a Washington Post story July 2 by Ceclia Kang, link here.

The minimum transmission rate is only 768 kilobytes per second, which would not be sufficient to watch video or apply automatic updates comfortably. The low standard was set because it is very difficult to build cable and fiber optic networks in some remote areas. Smaller companies like Level 3 and XO Communications are more likely to apply for grants than are Verizon or Comcast.

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