20 Jan Does the President Want Broadband Costs to Increase by 10x?
Does the President Want Broadband Costs to Increase by 10x?
We live in a world where the digital divide is growing.
The millions of Americans who don’t have high-speed Internet access face acute and growing economic disadvantages. Their inability to access the services and information required to succeed in modern society fundamentally disconnects them from the opportunities available to the rest of us.
Closing the gap between the digital haves and have-nots in broadband is a real problem that must be addressed – on this, we agree completely.
So the question is what’s the best way forward for broadband?
Well, we know that fiber to the home (FTTH) is not economically viable. Fiber is physically difficult to deploy, and it is very, very expensive. In population-dense environments like apartment buildings, it is nearly impossible for telcos to deliver broadband in these subscribers. Telcos who tried to deliver FTTH to all their subscribers – Verizon in the U.S., and NBN in Australia, for example – found it simply wasn’t feasible, and they gave up.
So, what can be done?
The easiest and best answer is a new and novel approach called G.fast. G.fast is the next-generation broadband standard, and it’s designed to deliver up to 1Gbps per subscriber – fiber speeds over existing phone wires. Because the installation cost is as little as 1/10th the cost of fiber, G.fast is the lowest cost per megabit ever delivered – over any broadband technology. Ever.
Our plea to President Obama is: don’t overpay. You can get broadband Internet to every American, at the performance you want, and they deserve. Please Mr. President, close our digital divide, and do it without any unnecessary fat.