First US Broadband Project Payments Go Out: Can We Get Everyone Online?

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The conversations surrounding broadband in the USA are as varied asever. Some say the US is number one. Some say the US is lackingseverely. The FCC--which is one of the only entities that actually hasa say that matters--thinks that money should be used to improve accessto broadband for more Americans. Apparently, so does Mr. Joe Biden.

The US Vice President took the opportunity, as the week beforeChristmas wound down, to serve up the first payments towardsbettering America's broadband infrastructure. These funds had alreadybeen set aside, and now we're seeing them head into action. A grandtotal of $7 billion will be spent on getting access to more individualsand upgrading our current networks, and as of now $183 million has beendoled out to 18 broadband projects in 17 states. Unless plans change, atotal of $2 billion in grants/loans will be sent out for broadbandprojects over the next 2-3 months.

Obama's grand goal is to get broadband Internet access to every home inAmerica, but that will clearly be harder to accomplish than it is tosay. America is a vast nation, and some of the smaller towns andvillages are far, far away from the metro areas that are already wellserved. The President and his cabinet are looking at broadbandexpansion as a surefire boost in business, as more and more individualsare able to find companies, prices, etc. online. It definitely opens upanother avenue for revenue and marketing, and we're definitely notknocking the idea of getting high-speed Internet to everyone in thecountry (should they want to pony up for it).

According to a report earlier in the year by Strategy Analytics, the USwas 20th in broadband penetration in a survey of 58 nations, but as westated before, another survey put America at the top. It's hard to knowwhat numbers are completely correct, but it's exciting to see progressbeing made on this front regardless. Too many people are forced tosuffer with limited/slow options for getting wired, and even for thosewell-served, what's the harm is having a bit more competition?  Nothing...
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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 21 2009 7:00 PM

Allot of rural Virginia can use some bandwidth.

What little we do have is expensive as heck.

Satellite providers are raking it in and have crappy-bo-bappy service to boot!

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