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On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM, Jack Unger <jun...@ask-wi.com> wrote:

>  I refuse to feed the troll. I refuse to feed the troll. I refuse to feed
> the troll. I refuse to feed the troll. I refuse to feed the troll.
>
> MDK wrote:
>
> Is that directly off the pages of the Democrat National Committee "Blast
> Fax" talking points of the day?
>
> Shame on you, Jack.
>
> There's easily 24 million households THAT DO NOT WANT OR WILL NOT PAY FOR
> broadband.
>
> I have some areas where I cover 100% of the households, nobody else does,
> and yet, I can only get 60 percent of them to subscribe.   The rest?    Too
> expensive (even 25.50/mo is 'too much') or "we don't even have a computer"
> is still something I hear semi regularly.
>
> I don't think my demographics are specifically average... but they're not
> THAT far off the norm.
>
> In the last 2 years I've lost 5 customers to cable and dsl.   1 to another
> provider (was glad to see them go),  but that's less than the number who
> have moved or died.   I think we've seen nearly the limits of cable and dsl
> expansion where I am.   And they've covered a good 75% of the population,
> even as rural as we are.    The WSJ article is dead on right, from what I
> can tell.   My growth is now the niche areas that aren't high on the cable
> or dsl deployment priority, yet I'm seeing the "want" for broadband to be
> under 80%, even in affluent areas.
>
> Since our install costs are now as low as "free", depending on location,
> we're seeing signficant "not heavy user" adoption.
>
> Now, the growth of actual data moved...   The percentage increase every
> month is near or at double digits.
>
>
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Jack Unger" <jun...@ask-wi.com> <jun...@ask-wi.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:27 AM
> To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org> <wireless@wispa.org>
> Subject: Re: [WISPA] From Today's WSJ
>
>
>
>  Sorry but this article (accidentally or intentionally) misses or (more
> likely) ignores the point that 24 or more million occupied American
> households have no access to broadband. The WSJ is merely a mouthpiece
> (especially now that Rupurt Murdoch owns it) for the telcos.
>
> jack
>
>
> Jeff Broadwick wrote:
>
>
>  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703652104574652501608376552.ht
> ml?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop
>
>
>
>     * REVIEW & OUTLOOK
>     * JANUARY 20, 2010
>
> A 'National Broadband Plan'
> One more solution in search of a problem.
>
>
> The Federal Communications Commission recently told Congress that it will
> miss a February deadline for delivering a "national broadband plan" and
> requested a one-month extension. If it keeps missing deadlines, nearly
> everyone in the U.S. might soon have high-speed Internet.
>
> As part of last year's stimulus package, Congress asked the FCC for a
> plan
> to ensure that everybody in the country has access to broadband. That's a
> worthy goal, but the idea of a government plan is based on a false
> presumption that the spread of broadband is stalled. The reality is that
> broadband adoption continues apace, as does the quality and speed of
> Internet connections.
>
> Between 2000 and 2008, residential broadband subscribers grew to 80
> million
> from five million, according to a study by Bret Swanson of Entropy
> Economics. Broadband penetration among active Internet users at home is
> 94%,
> and nearly 99% of U.S. workers connect to the Internet with broadband. A
> typical cable modem today is 10 times faster than a decade ago. Wireless
> bandwidth growth per capita has been no less impressive, showing a
> 500-fold
> increase since 2000.
>
> Meanwhile, U.S. information and communications technology investment in
> 2008
> alone totalled $455 billion, or 22% of all U.S. capital investment.
> Nominal
> capital investment in telecom between 2000 and 2008 was more than $3.5
> trillion.
>
> Those who favor more government control of the Internet ignore this
> private
> progress and point to international rankings. According to OECD
> estimates,
> the U.S. ranks 15th in the world in broadband penetration per capita. But
> because household sizes differ from country to country, and the U.S. has
> relatively large households, the per capita figures can be misleading. A
> better way to gauge wired broadband connections is per household, not per
> person. By that measure the U.S. ranks somewhere between 8th and 10th.
>
> Such comparisons will soon be moot in any case because broadband
> penetration
> is growing rapidly in all OECD countries. The Technology Policy Institute
> notes that "at the current rates of broadband adoption the U.S. is behind
> the leaders only by a number of months, and all wealthy OECD countries
> will
> reach a saturation point within the next few years."
>
> Even the Obama Justice Department seems to reject the broadband market
> failure thesis. "In any industry subject to significant technological
> change, it is important that the evaluation of competition be
> forward-looking rather than based on static definitions of products and
> services," said the Antitrust Division in a January 4 filing to the FCC.
> "In
> the case of broadband services, it's clear that the market is shifting
> generally in the direction of faster speeds and additional mobility."
>
> Justice concludes that while "enacting some form of regulation to prevent
> certain providers from exercising monopoly control may be tempting . . .
> care must be taken to avoid stifling the infrastructure investments
> needed
> to expand broadband access."
>
> No matter, the default position of the Obama Administration is that
> little
> useful happens without government, so the FCC is busy planning. Chairman
> Julius Genachowski is sympathetic to net neutrality regulations that
> would
> prevent Internet service providers from using differentiated pricing to
> manage Web traffic. Liberal interest groups like Public Knowledge and
> Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society are urging the
> agency
> to reinstitute "open access" mandates that would force cable operators
> and
> phone companies to share their infrastructure with rivals at
> government-set
> prices.
>
> The irony is that the private investment and innovation of recent years
> have
> occurred in the wake of the FCC rolling back similar rules that held back
> telecom in the 1990s. Consumers continue to have access to more and more
> broadband services, while Google, YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Netflix
> originated in the U.S.
>
> Doesn't the Obama Administration have enough to do than mess with a part
> of
> the U.S. economy that is working well?
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Jeff
>
>
> Jeff Broadwick
> Sales Manager, ImageStream
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