“This country has been challenged to make broadband available to 98 percent of Americans. It’s a challenge to lay the foundation for education, innovation and equal opportunity in the 21st century,” according to Wireless For America.
“Unfortunately, recent research shows that our country ranks No. 15 in broadband penetration. We rank No. 26 in broadband speed, behind countries such as South Korea and even Romania. The situation is especially dire in rural America, which has essentially become an “emerging market” for broadband. Rural communities often lack the most basic fiber optic connectivity, which puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and gaining access to education.
The crisis includes:
•A shrinking spectrum. “We’re on track to run out of network capacity in less than two years. In short, we have too many devices and too little airwaves in use to support them.”
•A restrictive duopoly. “An even more pressing issue that is slowing broadband momentum is the wireless industry’s competitive landscape. Currently dominated by only a few players, industry consolidation is threatening to create a market where only two companies have nearly 80 percent share.”
The website is here.