Follow Obama’s lead on wireless

by on 7 February, 2011

Jeffrey A. Eisenach, an adjunct professor at George Mason University, writes in today's Australian:

IN his January 25 State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama called for making fast internet access available to 98 per cent of American households. At first blush, it might sound to Australians like the President is imitating Labor's National Broadband Network, which promises a fibre connection to 93 per cent of Australian premises. In reality, though, there are profound differences between the Obama administration's broadband plan and the controversial NBN.

The most obvious difference is that the NBN is focused almost exclusively on fibre, while Obama spoke of deploying "high-speed wireless". Specifically, the President was referring to 4G wireless services using either Wi-Max or LTE technologies, which are already delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps downstream – the same as initially promised by the NBN – and have delivered up to one gigabit speeds in trials, the same speed the NBN aspires to achieve in the future.

Not to mention the U.S. rollout is being privatly funded, while Labor continues to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an outdated technology. Read the rest.

(Posted by TVA)

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