November 8, 2006
Commissioner Copps Calls For Better Broadband Adoption in U.S.
FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps wrote an interesting op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Wednesday. He cites a number of interesting statistics: the U.S. is 15th in broadband penetration according to the International Telecommunication Union. The U.S. falls to 21st under the ITU's "digital opportunity" index. Estonia is 20th.
Copps complains that the Commission is failing at introducing competition to Internet access which in turn lowers prices for consumers. He notes that there are no strategies to reach the goal of universal broadband access. America continues to fall behind other countries as a result.
Copps never mentions the pending overhaul of telecommunication legislation at all. His vision may have a better chance with congress changing hands. There may be someone chairing the Senate Commerce Committee with a better idea of exactly what is the Internet and how the business works at providing it.
The full article is on the Post web site here.
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