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USA - National Broadband Plan 2010
Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd, April 2010, Pages: 10
The National Broadband Plan that the FCC presented on 17 March 2010 sets the USA on a completely different telecoms path. Within the limitations of the legal systems governing telecoms in this country this is the best plan that those who share the vision of open networks and understand the social and economic benefits that would flow from a trans-sector use of broadband infrastructure, could hope for. This should shows Congress that it is worthwhile making the legislative changes that will deliver the national benefits that are clearly laid out in the report.
The plan is very pro-consumer, pro-privacy and pro-competition, with significant changes proposed to access regimes, wholesale facilities and competition in both the telco and broadcasting markets. Overly restrictive copyright rules will also be reviewed.
As was stipulated by Congress, the plan does not contain a review of the current rather poor state of competition in the residential market; nor does it address the fact that in order to support the digital economy better infrastructure is needed in place of the ageing copper-based networks. Any reference to structural changes to the industry is also significantly absent.
Overall the plan also fails to more directly address the need to monetize the social and economic benefits, and it therefore places too much emphasis on commercial solutions. As those benefits are mostly off-balance-sheet for the telcos, the government needs to take a more serious leadership role here.
2. Key elements of the Plan
3. Groundwork for a new direction in telecoms
4. Visionary plan now needs legislative action
5. Affordable access to broadband infrastructure
6. National purpose good for the nation – and for lowering the consumer bill
7. Structural changes to the industry are needed
8. Regional and Rural America will be second-rated
9. The ball is now in the court of Congress
10. Statement from President Obama
11. Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband
11.1 Skilled and readily available workforce
11.2 Combined ONT/smart meter
11.4 Social and economic problems
12. Focus on Mobile broadband
12.1 Public safety sector spearhead in NBN
12.2 Wireless fast broadband is where the action begins
12.3 The Public Safety Plan
12.4 How does the FCC propose to do it?
12.5 More decisive action is needed
13. Other Reports