ethernet cableAt long last the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally begun moving on the National Broadband Plan, but what is really going to reveal?

Back in April it was announced that the FCC was going to be launching a national broadband initiative, but as we talked about back then, it didn’t sound overly promising to us: The goals were unclear, the definitions were vague and it just didn’t seem to do a whole lot for the actual advancement of the broadband in this country.

Well, Ars Technica dug in to a press release from the FCC entitled “Columbia Institute for Tele-Information to Conduct Independent Review of Telecom Capital Expenditures to Assist FCC.” (PDF link)  (whoa… I think I just fell asleep)  Basically the FCC is asking ISPs what they are doing in the form of investments into their infrastructure.  While the companies are investing, it isn’t clear that they are investing correctly.  As Ars Technica points out, Verizon is deplying "fiber to the home" which runs fiber optic cable directly to your house giving you fell benefit of the speeds.  On the other hand, AT&T is deploying "fiber to the node" which means it is fiber optic only to your local node, and then coaxial or other connection to your home which will not allow you to use the full speed of fiber optic.

In short: even with the government watching over the shoulders of these companies, they are still doing it wrong and the country will continue to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes ot Internet connectivity.  Never mind that AT&T posted a $12.9 billion in profit in 2009 a which is up over 200% from the $4.8 billion they posted in 2005.  Oh goodness me, how silly of all of us to ask them to invest in their infrastructure in a sensible way when they are making so little money…

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