Broadband Speed in America: Snail Pulling a Collection of AT&T et al. Paid Off or Clueless Regulators in a Clown Car.

  • We divide this discussion into 2 parts. This is Part 1.
  • Part 2: Let’s open up the doors of the clown car.

AT&T’s 21 States with 200 Kbps that Didn’t Show Up.

  • 200 Kbps is 1/5 of 1 Mbps
  • 1000 Mbps = 1 Gbps
  • The US States, like New Jersey, were to have a fiber optic future. In 1993, Verizon NJ was granted deregulation so that there would be more profits to be used to upgrade the existing copper-based state utilities to a fiber optics network. Verizon NJ committed to speeds of 45 Mbps in both directions (up to and higher) starting in 1996.
  • In 1998, the FCC decides that 200 Kbps in one direction would be the definition of broadband and kept this as the broadband standard through at least 2007.
  • Thus, in the AT&T/BellSouth merger agreement, AT&T committed to have 100% of 21 states covered with a snail speed download — and then didn’t even deliver on those speeds.
  • The FCC left out all state-based commitments in every advanced network report to Congress — eliminating actual deployments, and rate increases on customers in all of their ‘models’. This also distorts every financial calculation of the actual investment costs to deliver broadband in cities, on multiple levels.
  • ADSL, over the copper wires, was considered a substitute for the fiber optic wires, even though it was a slow speed and considered inferior in 1993.
  • Over the last decade there has been statement after statement about 100 Mbps services.



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bruce kushnick

bruce kushnick

New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.