We'll know in February
We'll know in February when the FCC presents it's national broad plan if it's real or simply a bad joke. A good start would be a very minimal definition of broadband such as a minimum of 2 Mbps in one direction, a minimum of 1 Mbps in each direction with a reasonable level of quality of service including low latency at a reasonable monthly charge. Anything less than that will tell you that our government leaders are in bed with those who have prevented this country from having a workable broadband plan over the past few years.
I saw the new FCC chair give a press conference this week in which he talked about net neutrality, access, etc.
At least he sounds like he supports what we consumers and small business people want and need.
That's a big step in the correct direction from the Bush administration, where they supported greedy corporate usurpation of the Internet to disadvantage competition.
But, as you said, we'll have to wait and see. Just because good words came out of the chairman's mouth doesn't mean he'll do the right thing when it's time to make the decision.
You can bet your last dollar, though, that whatever the FCC does, it will be written so that it sounds good - whether it is good for us or not.
It's like the health insurance reform. Congress will bar insurance companies from using pre-existing conditions to deny selling you a policy (sounds good...), but that doesn't mean they can't charge you 10 times as much as anyone else so you can't afford to buy it.