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.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!