Wednesday, January 31, 2007

US consumers need third broadband option

What do BPL, municipal WiFi and WiMax have in common? Besides being three more acronyms inscrutable to most of the population, they also represent US consumers' best hope to get more bang for their broadband dollar.

The US is woefully behind much of the rest of the world in broadband price-performance. (According to the OECD, New Zealand, for one, is worse.) The following table demonstrates the vast disparity in megabits/second delivered per dollar in different countries.

Country

Price Per Mbit

(USD)

Source

Japan

$0.37

OECD, September 2005

Korea

$0.42

OECD, September 2005

Sweden

$0.87

OECD, September 2005

France

US – cable

US – fiber

$1.75

$7.15

$3.33

OECD, September 2005

Comcast web site, Jan 2007

Verizon web site, Jan 2007





Clearly, we in the US have a long way to go. And, let's face it, two broadband providers are not a competitive market--but an oligopoly. Now, with three vibrant competitors, maybe we have something. Four would be even better.

So, electric utilities, municipalities, advanced wireless spectrum license holders--let's get busy! Tens of millions are waiting.

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