Under FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the United States is -- as President Trump might say -- winning bigly. By whose measure?
Pai's policies have, the report says, improved competition and investment in broadband. In particular, the report points to Pai's rollback of net neutrality in December as the reason so many cable and telecom operators are heavily investing in infrastructure. (See So Long, Net Neutrality.)
Because of Title II's demise, the market is "already responding to the more deployment-friendly regulatory environment now in place," the report says, ignoring the fact that many broadband deployments actually began in 2015 -- long before Trump or Pai governed, as an Ars Technica piece details.
Also disturbing is the FCC report's continued self-inflicted blindness about the nation's broadband standard. The agency insists on putting "high speed" and "25 Mbps/3 Mbps" in the same sentence. That lack of awareness became even more frightening when coupled with the following dated statement:
"For example, WISPA states that the current speed benchmark of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps enables Americans 'to watch Netflix, play video games and browse online without interruption even if a couple of devices are on the same connection."
This is not a dig at WISPA -- an advocacy organization for wireless service providers and ISPs -- which most likely wrote that description at least three or four years ago. (Despite an advanced search of WISPA's site and a Google search, I could not find the quote, which was attributed to WISPA without a URL in the FCC's paper.)
This is a dig at the government for using a standard that an industry organization demonstrates is not capable of handling the modern household's connected needs. To meet demand and drive the economy forward, fulfill residents' educational requirements and ease the burden on the healthcare community while reducing costs and improving outcomes via telemedicine, broadband service must be built to a higher standard.
Even if the entire country was blanketed by 25/3 coverage, the US wouldn't be winning bigly. To truly make America Broadband great, it needs nationwide symmetrical speed capable of doing all the amazing things people want to do while connected -- from transmitting cat videos to CAT scans and everything in between.
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
Register and post your questions for Maria on BBWN Radio's easy-to-use chat board. We will get to as many questions as possible. Please post questions before and during the broadcast. Once you've registered, you will be led to the chat board page. Talk to you on April 23!
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.