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Future Broadband Deployment: Columbia Institute for Teleinformation Report

December 3rd, 2009 by Tom Koutsky

One of the most exciting parts of the national broadband plan project has been the opportunity, through our workshops and research projects, to hear and learn from the preeminent experts in the field.  This summer, we asked the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (“CITI”) based at Columbia Business School in New York to review and assess the projected deployment of broadband networks throughout the United States.  Robert C. Atkinson and Ivy E. Schultz of CITI have recently written and released their report, called Broadband in America:  Where It Is and where It Is Going (According to Broadband Service Providers).  
We want to take a closer look at three key conclusions in the report.  CITI says  that providers expect to be able to serve about 95% of U.S. homes with at least low-speed wired broadband service by 2013-14, and expect to serve about 90% of homes with advertised speeds of 50 mbps.  But the forecasts analyzed by CITI also indicate that perhaps five to ten million households will have “significantly inferior choices in broadband,” such as slower speeds or lack of terrestrial choices.  And CITI provides evidence that adoption of broadband will continue to lag availability for the foreseeable future.
            Assuming the study’s findings are correct, are they good news or bad news, and what would they mean for the National Broadband Plan?  A Dec. 10 workshop with the study’s authors might provide some answers.  We’ve also issued a Public Notice asking for comment on the report.  Please read the report and give us your thoughts by commenting on this blog or through the Electronic Filing Comment System, using either ECFS Express or our standard submission page if you need to attach a file. 


4 Responses to “Future Broadband Deployment: Columbia Institute for Teleinformation Report”

  1. Nigel Watson says:

    As long as this country is unable to tell the difference between its commons and its private domains (no pun), it will continue to reap antipodal results. 1990-2004

    Braoadband is a public utility not a profit center. Seems most others have cottoned on to this dreary truth; save this slough of overweening greed.

  2. Brett Glass says:

    Kudos to CITI for being very practical in its study and for recognizing the positive impact of small and local broadband providers (rather than focusing exclusively on the large telcos and cable companies). CITI has far fewer vested interests or conflicts of interest than other contributors, and its recommendations should therefore should be taken quite seriously.

  3. Guest says:

    Why is this site not posting my comments? On three separate occasions I have pointed out that Tom Koutsky is a founder of the Phoenix Center, a telephone-company funded think thank, and thus he has no place on the FCC's broadband team.

    Why is the FCC letting industry-moles like Koutsky and Wallsten run the broadband plan, when they have written extensively saying the FCC should not do anything that might hurt their funders?

    Hello FCC? Darrell Issa seems to be onto something. The broadband team appears to be infected with a conflict of interest.

  4. Guest says:

    One if the FCC doesnt change the limits on speeds were gonna hav the issue anyway 768k come on without new tech the common is dsl at 768k for dsl is still slow compared to cable 768k cable can provide a much higher bandwidth than dsl becuase its a biggerr pipe just like a 768k T1 is better than cable. So lets say i have dsl and you have cable and we are both going through the same serverrs routers (loop holes) other than our isps is it far that you got done faster even tho we dwn loaded the same app. not really now it could be that my isp says that my request is low priority and his isp says its high the only way this can be fixed is net nuetralitry but even if it is fixed dsl does not have the bandwidth that cable does so no matter what we are gonna run into this issue. Speeds are just that a speed but the isps tell you its a giude line you might get that spped you might not you might have a 50meg speed but if the isp doent have the bandwidth or throughput to give you it will be much lower same with the 768k so i might only get 56k dialup so the faster the speeds the farther away from 56k you are.

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