what do we need to do to improve broadband coverage in the u.s.? i’ve heard many say that europe is leaps and bounds ahead of us on broadband. i believe it – the u.s. is much more rural and spread out than europe – and is faced with other challenges such as political policy.
during a q&a session out at Cisco Live john chambers, ceo of cisco, recommended wireless solutions for serving broadband to unserved areas. with wimax and 4g lte i believe this could be a reality. here are some interesting articles in relation to LTE.
|Spectrum For LTE Advanced: Crucial For Rural Broadband|
|U.S. Wireless: 75% Fewer Basestations Than Comparable Europe
what are other options? in more slightly more densely populated areas i believe existing docsis solutions need to upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0 and a focus needs to be placed on getting to 100% homes passed. for xDSL telcos i would recommend moving to a fiber-to-the-curb model with VDSL2 dslams as close to the customers as possible or move to a gpon or active ethernet ftth model also with a focus on getting reachability to more customers previously unserved. in order for this to happen in reality, i believe the current funding programs to be more focused in their approval process in actually getting broadband to unserved areas and not just giving providers a quick, cheap way to upgrade their existing equipment without expanding their area in rural markets.
in more urban areas I see competition and density driving broadband speeds and service availability up. this also should be driving prices down but i have yet to really see significant price drops on service offerings.