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Santa Cruz, CA
reply to flboisseau

Re: [Rant] Heard about Broadband for America

The goal will never happen. Getting Broadband to every american is a smokescreen imo.


Colonial Heights, VA

The issue I am raising does not deal with if the goal is possible or not. It is the hypocrisy of the various broadband providers. They are part of a lobbying group that is promoting getting broadband to everyone, but the same time they are not taking the initiative to achieve that goal and are actively working against that goal, both legislatively and in their business practices. This site is filled with examples where both Comcast and Verizon, refuse to delivery service to residences and business, because the very franchise agreements they wrote do not require them to do so.

For example in 2006 my state passed a law that specifies that if no franchise agreement could be reached with the locality, they could still provide service, but they did not have to provide service in those areas that had less then 30 homes per a mile. This removed all power from the localities to request a lower home per mile density.

So I say again, call them out on it.

RR Conductor
NWP RR Inc.,serving NW CA
Redwood Valley, CA

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said by pclover:

The goal will never happen. Getting Broadband to every american is a smokescreen imo.

We can do it, we got electricity to almost all rural Americans in less than 15 years.

". Rural electrification became one of the most successful government programs ever enacted. Within 2 years it helped bring electricity to some 1.5 million farms through 350 rural cooperatives in 45 of the 48 states. By 1939 the cost of a mile of rural line had dropped from $2,000 to $600. Almost half of all farms were wired by 1942 and virtually all of them by the 1950s. "


If we don't let corporate America dictate our future, we can make this nation shine. Today, Broadband is every bit as vital as electricity was then, and should not and must not be solely entrusted to for profit corporations.


Lincroft, NJ

FYI - In today’s cable news roundup article by Jeff Baumgartner on the Light Reading Cable site (»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable) is this item:

It's worth taking some time to play around with the broadband deployment map (»tiles.mapbox.com/fcc/map/Section···ment-Map) that the FCC released Thursday. It gives a county-by-county breakdown of [fixed] broadband access in the United States. You can see that San Francisco is very well wired. California's Modoc County ... not so much.