Broadband Blindness in North America

B4RN‘s Chris Conder tweeted this interesting ~30 minute video from a producer in Sacramento, CA, on the limitations experienced on broadband in the US, and how the large telcos appear to be failing rural communities, and that deployments of their fastest products tend to be only available in “boutique” (usually high income) areas.

It highlighted how the large telcos found it hard to invest in deploying high speed broadband to sparse communities because of the conflict between affordably delivering a service and paying a shareholder dividend.

The video also spoke to some local community broadband companies in the US who, like B4RN are going their own way, and investing in their own future.

Good quality internet access is starting to become as essential to modern life as a stable electrical supply or safe, drinkable tap water. It’s becoming more of a utility and less of a consumer product.

2 thoughts on “Broadband Blindness in North America”

  1. We found our own electric and water supplies in the old days, but for many years we have been led to believe that the telcos would eventually deliver broadband to us, and we have not been able to get hold of a decent supply of internet to deliver a service to the rural people round us. We have run a wifi network since 2005, but getting a feed has been proved to be impossible, and we have also found that wireless is not the way to deliver video… therefore b4rn was the logical next step. Get enough people together to afford peering and JFDI.
    I agree, its now essential to modern life, and is the only way this country can start to make money again. Content is King, and we can’t deliver content through asymmetric old copper phone lines. We have to get some fibre laid and get some competition going. Otherwise we will never have a digital britain.

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