FCC to Propose 100MB Broadband Access

Funny. When Google said last week that it was going to think big by offering experimental ultra high-speed Internet access to a small number of trial locations in the U.S. — “100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections” — the company explained that it had urged the FCC to do it through the National Broadband Plan.

Today FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency will propose a “100 Squared Initiative” to bring speeds of 100 megabits per second to 100 million households by 2020. While that’s a lot of hundreds, it’s only 10 times faster than what’s common now (which is 10 times less than Google’s 100). Still, Reuters finds our beloved telcos already balking:

“A 100 meg is just a dream,” Qwest Communications International Inc Chief Executive Edward Mueller told Reuters. “We couldn’t afford it.”

“First, we don’t think the customer wants that. Secondly, if (Google has) invented some technology, we’d love to partner with them,” Mueller added.

FCCAT&T, the top broadband provider among U.S. telecommunications carriers, said the FCC should resist calls for “extreme forms of regulation that would cripple, if not destroy, the very investments needed to realize its goal.”

Verizon, the third-largest provider, and one that has a more advanced network than many competitors, said it has completed successful trials of 100 Mbps and higher through its fiber-optic FiOS network.

“(One gigabit per second) as discussed in current news reports is a lot of signal; typically enough for many massive business operations,” Verizon said in a statement that referred to Google’s plan to test a network with those speeds. “But we could make it happen over the FiOS network without much trouble, should a market for it develop.”

Google provided examples of the kinds of things that can be done on such a network. Google wants us to build a market. The telecom industry is * not * interested.

Why should they be? They’re comfy with the business they got; it’s an extremely profitable one with very high barriers to entry. (Remember, even Ma Bell is back.)

With few pesky competitors, only a company with Google’s profile could challenge them. I hope the FCC plan moves forward.

5 Comments

  1. Qwest Communications International Inc Chief Executive Edward Mueller told Reuters. “We couldn’t afford it.”

    Haha! That is great. With the Billions from the Gov (our tax dollars) to help build their networks combined with the Billion from subscriptions, I think they can afford it. They simple do not want to afford it, which means we will just need to wait for some one (hopefully Google) to come along and gives this moronic industry some competition. Then you will see how much these guys can “afford” to do and how quickly they can magically role higher speeds out to everyone.

  2. I have 50 MB right now….well, it is normally only 40, but you know how that goes. Planning on 100 10 years from now seems about as usefull as going back to the moon in 10 years.

  3. Planning on 100 10 years from now seems about as usefull as going back to the moon in 10 years.

    Planning for 100 megabits per second 10 years from now is a good way to get 70 megabits per second 10 years from now, not planning is a great way of getting 20 megabits per second 10 years from now…

  4. “One's pipe can never be too big”……….an axiom in both matters of internet connectivity and interpersonal relationships.

  5. if i had that kinda speed i deff use it all and would not have a problem doing it

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