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Broadband mapping: carriers can’t be trusted – but don’t hold it against them

Eiffel_tower_broadband_ARRA NTIA administrator Larry Strickling (again…) is wrong: carriers shouldn’t be trusted – certainly not to share broadband data. That’s because you shouldn’t rely on carriers to agree to serve the public interest. Not that they are inherently bad corporate citizens; but because carriers’ interests and the public’s interest are not aligned. And never will be. Consequently, carriers are never going to take steps that would entail favoring the public’s interest over theirs. It’s just plain logic; economic logic – unencumbered by the hardcore free-market ideology that telecom lobbyists always talk about.Let’s look at the facts. To put it simply, free markets don’t quite work in the broadband world.

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Consumer groups not happy with stimulus rules

Over at GigaOM, Stacey Higginbotham tells us about people protesting the broadband stimulus rules. Read her post here or below:

Larry_strickling_NTIA_ARRA Groups representing municipal broadband advisers and
consumer-oriented nonprofits have written a letter protesting the way
the first tranche of $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds
is being distributed. They sent the letter to Larry Strickling, the
administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, which is in charge of distributing $1.6 billion in
stimulus funds in the first of three rounds. The groups, which include
Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors,
say that the definitions used in the rules mean that the money won’t go
toward advanced technology such as fiber or projects aimed at
delivering cheaper broadband to constituents.

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How we can help: broadband supply data mapping

SNG_mapping At SNG, we can provide a full mapping solution that meets NTIA requirements. Or, for States that are undertaking their own mapping project, we can provide enrichment and verification. Our mapping solutions have the two key characteristics: multi-source, independently verified mapping and integration of supply and demand data. Let’s discuss each point below. If you’re in a hurry click here to download the 3-page description of our offer. Also, we’d like to know what you think of this approach: please tell us!

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The SNG roadmap to broadband planning (Broadband AG1)

Smw066 Here comes our first Broadband Action Guide. In order to develop sustainable broadband strategies that are well-tuned to the needs of their constituents, states, counties and local communities need to identify “un-served” areas (those without access to any broadband service other than satellite), as well as the multiple categories of “under-served” and “under-utilized” areas. Extract:

“We also strongly recommend the collection and integration of data from sources others than service providers, to obtain the “full range” of data needed to identify, analyze and address various categories of “under-served” areas. This also provides a “quality control” check on the accuracy of supply data provided by service providers.”

Download the full guide report here.

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