Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Public hearing on Obama's broadband plan

There was just a hearing on Obama's broadband plan on how the $7.2 billion in loans and grants will be disbursed. The conclusion: we do not know how to do this. About 2,500 people participated via web video and had the opportunity to ask questions, like how will this help the under-served populations? One issue I'd like to see address is the issue of the monopoly on telephone line as some companies like Verizon still require them for service, but may not be able to provide internet because AT&T has the monopoly of the phones lines in particular areas. Seems like a violation of the Ma Bell legislation, but I could be mistaken. In any case, this article gave a brief overview of the hearing and some of the problems associated with trying to disburse funds in a timely fashion.

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