Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BusinessWeek: "Fresh Hope For Broadband" 04/15/09 BusinessWeek Online posted a copyrighted story by Associate Editor Spencer E. Ante and reporter Arik Hesseldahl early evening today with the headline "Fresh Hope For Broadband".

The piece is a decent survey story for the general business press. Its major theme is that federal dollars from the broadband stimulus provisions of ARRA are very much sought after out in the states. The writers reference specific funding hopes as expressed by officials in Colorado, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virgina.

In what is now the obligatory reference to unspecified "onerous rules", and the distaste for same by AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), the story never uses the term "open access" nor "net neutrality" in describing the problems with the federal legislation as seen by the big telcos.

The consensus reason why state officials want to administer broadband projects? State-of-the-art telecom infrastructure is an economic developmental boost, as in the cited case of Virginia's successful effort to win a Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) site selection process because of in-region high capacity telecom.

It is refreshing when the general business press grasps why some of us have been yammering about broadband all these years. Yes, it is the economy, stupid.
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