BBC click us broadband report
Did anyone else catch a report on the BBC news 24's technology feature 'click' into the stated of broadband in the US.
They reported broadband speeds far below other parts of the world...3mbps+ compared to 100meg in parts of the far east and 10meg+ in parts of europe. They described the difficulties in providing fiber to the x in built up areas - and how they're basically waiting on this infrastructure upgrade to do something about the speeds.
They also describe a situation where incumbent carriers are desperate to protect their core network and infrastructure investments. Plus the inablility to exploit the potential of wireless for delivery access in City's.
If all of that sounds familiar it's because it's practically a mirror image of whats happening here in the uk. Broadband speeds limited to an ageing copper infrastructure. check. Only hope for 100meg+ speeds is for fttx rollout which is many many years away. check. A cable company with a vast closed infrastructe and a former state owned monopoly who've been strong armed into providing access to competitors. check.
Which begs the question as to why the producers didn't focus the report closer to home if they wanted to highlight second rate internet access infrastructure and telco politics, thus saving a few bob by not flying their reporters to the big apple to deliver a report anyone with access to the internet could have delivered. jokers.