It's no secret that American broadband
isn't as robust from a national
perspective as it could be, particularly when compared to other
nations. Virgin Media a major broadband player in the United Kingdom,
and they have pushed for faster speeds in the home for years now. They
were responsible for rolling out one of the first commercial 100Mbps
cable modems to consumers, and now the cable operator is testing out a
new technology that could deliver high-speed Internet over none other
than telegraph poles. Yes, telegraph poles.
The idea here is to get broadband (Virgin Media's broadband, of course)
to another one million or so homes that aren't currently being
serviced. Just as the American government is actively looking for ways
to spread broadband to more rural locations, this Virgin Media
initiative is hoping to ship faster broadband speeds to underserved
areas. Plans are already in plans to extend their fiber optic network
by half a million new homes, with over one million British homes
identified already as homes that could benefit from deployment over
telegraph poles. Chief Executive Neil Berkett had this to say about the potentially crazy sounding idea:
"This unique trial will allow us to understand
the possibilities of aerial deployment and may provide an exciting new
way to extend next generation broadband services."
We're glad to see someone overseas taking initiative, and we can only
hope that other nations follow suit soon. Broadband for all, we say!
Fight the good fight!