Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I SO wish I had said this.....

Excellent column from our favorite IT curmudgeon, John Dvorak. He takes government, telco and cable officials to task for the abysmal state of broadband connectivity in this country.

The man-in-the-street needs to realize that fast, cheap broadband in everyone's home is the new intercontinental rail system. Pervasive, neutral broadband will spur innovation and stimulate the economy. But do we get this, Noooo!! We get all the dinosaur incumbent carriers buying legislation to protect their obsolete business models. Business models, I might add built on government granted monopolies. Sound familiar?

Where are we going to find elected officials who will do the right thing: pushing back on the incumbents, telling them to fix their business models and compete rather than buying the legislation needed to preserver their current model?

When will Joe and Jane Sixpack wake up and realize that the telecommunications special interest groups are selling out the economic future of this country in exchange for a few more years of telecom/cable profits?

So when gasoline is $5.00 a gallon and you do not have enough bandwidth to telecommuting to you job, who you gonna call?

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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