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What I'd Say to the FCC about a National Broadband Strategy

April 7, 2009 By

Fiber-to-the-Premise Broadband - click to see more This morning the FCC will start a year-long process to craft a "National Broadband Plan for our Future".

The agenda is here and here's Ars Technica's insightful view of the process. The meeting can be viewed live at 10:00 AM (EDT) here, and the video record should be posted at that site after the meeting is finished.

I've blogged a number of times about broadband and how I feel the only real "broadband" is fiber-to-the-premise. I feel the United States is in danger of becoming a "third world country" in broadband networks.

Here's what I'll tell the FCC Commissioners today (with a little luck, and FTP/Video technology willing):

Good morning Commissioners.

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Comments    |    Commented June 11, 2009

Bill: You've gotten to the heart of the matter: we need the ability to clearly and deeply interact with the important people and institutions of our lives--from the privacy and comfort of our homes and home offices. This can only be done with HD telepresence (or videoconferencing, depending on your definition). The incumbents do NOT have the vision, capability, or will to do this. Which means we have to do it ourselves. I know how it can be done, and Mayor Nickels is the guy to lead the charge. Would love to chat with you about it. Best, Mark Premo 425 271 7225

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