As far as Brand 'X' goes, I have long thought it would only be fair to open up the CATV companies' coax to non-facilities based communications providers. I don't really see the distinction between that and the twisted pair, other than the fact that coax is so much more robust. I think the Supreme Court sold us all short on that decision this week.
But, the good news is that there's more than one way to bring broadband to places where its needed but not available. Hughes Network Systems announcement that it has extended satellite broadband coverage to 50,000 American small businesses that are out of reach of DSL or cable connections is really good news for those of us who are pinning our hopes and the U.S. one day becoming a powerful broadband nation.
Between satellite and the utility line broadband folks, everyone should have at least a megabit at their fingertips in the near future. . . or at least the opportunity to get one if they have the money. I keep harping on this, but, I sure wish people in D.C. would wake up and smell the Ethernet. Our country needs to make broadband a priority and we need to do it soon.
I'd love to hear what you think about these developments. Please sound off on either news story in the Broadband Forum.