Saturday, March 29, 2014

Telecomm companies not offering broadband everywhere yet (Newsweek)

Newsweek, which seems to be coming back in print with many interesting perspectives on things, singles out the telecomm industry for not wanting to offer broadband to the entire country, because of cost.  The article by David Coy Johnston, March 11, 2014, is titled “Telecomm giants drag their feet on broadband for the whole country”, link here

It mentions some neighborhoods in some towns in New Jersey, like Mt. Holly (between Camden and Trenton) where it is still not available, or where only a certain number of contracts are sold per area.  This sounds surprising.

In many areas, wireless 4G may be available without connected broadband FIOS or cable, but 4G is not as fast.   You have to pay attention to this when you move anywhere. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CS Monitor offers major perspective on neutrality debate

The Christian Science Monitor has a major perspective this week by Henry Buinius, “Net neutrality: Is the Internet about to change?” The link is here

Is the Internet essentially a public utility, like the phone systems was (remember the breakup of ATT), or perhaps the interstate highway system, or is it more like the cable industry, something that is a bit of a luxury?  The lack of neutrality is blamed for the fact that Americans pay more for service that is not as fast as the service in, say, South Korea.  Of course, the US has more area to cover and a lower population density in many parts of the country.
The article notes that the loss of “neutrality” could lead to a value added structure.  But maybe the building of the railroads is a good metaphor.  That took entrepreneurs and risk takers, and they needed rewards. 

Network neutrality, or its lack, could have major social implications eventually.  But so could space travel, which back in the 1960s we thought would come first.  And it would not have been neutral.