With Broadband Growth, Do Country Leaders Have Their Heads in the Clouds?

Descending Clouds
Image by Gary Hayes via Flickr

Last week the FCC received flack from incumbent service providers and Congress for setting a 4 Mbit/s minimum speed for their definition of broadband because they realized that consumers are spending more time exchanging media with web sites hosted in the cloud.  Countries with the foresight to offer a minimum of 10 Mbit/s bandwidth by 2015 will continue reasonable GDP growth.

LONDON, July 26, 2010 – With the world moving toward cloud computing where services and data are delivered over broadband networks, many experts are concerned that countries are setting minimum bandwidth limits too low for future participation in the global economy.

These concerns were raised at a recent announcement by the U.K. government when discussing its objective to provide universal access at 2 megabits per second by 2015 – three years later than had been pledged by the previous administration.

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Google Invites AT&T, Comcast, Verizon To Fiber Party

Whenever they actually get a network built…
04:15PM Thursday Apr 22 2010 by Karl Bode

We already knew that Google’s plan to deploy 1 Gbps fiber to the home to a limited area was going to operate as a wholesale operation — with open access allowing ISPs to come in and compete on top of the network (whenever it’s finally built). Part of the reason Google’s deploying the network is so they can show how open access and competition can help keep prices down, service quality up and carriers on their best behavior. The company this week reiterated their dedication to open access, inviting companies like Comcast and AT&T to offer service over the network when it’s finally built: