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  • joly 3:11 am on 12/09/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    New Networks addendum to CITI Report on Broadband Deployment 

    The History, Financial Commitments and Outcomes of Fiber Optic Broadband
    Deployment in America: 1990-2004

    The Wiring of Homes, Businesses, Schools, Libraries, Hospitals and
    Government Agencies

    READ THE REPORT: http://www.newnetworks.com/FCCCITIbroadband.pdf

    The FCC tasked the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) to do “an
    analysis of the public statements of companies as to their future plans to
    deploy and upgrade broadband networks as well as an historical evaluation of
    the relationship between previous such announcements and actual deployment”.
    The FCC adds that the focus is on data analysis of “investment plans and
    deployment figures of upgraded broadband infrastructure in this century.”

    CITI’s historical evaluation only goes back to 2004. After talking to CITI
    we decided to create a separate report to cover fiber optic promises for
    the period of 1990-2004 because, in many states, the changes in state laws
    are still on the books for deployments and there have been current rate
    increases based on the previous fiber optic based-broadband deregulation.

    It is clear that billions of dollars have already been collected in most
    states for broadband upgrades of the Public Switched Telephone Networks, the
    utilities. If it didn’t go into the ground in the form of fiber, where did
    it all go?

    Besides the raising of local rates now being diverted to other lines of
    business, from FIOS and U-Verse to even wireless, there are the various
    taxes and surcharges, including the state and federal Universal Service
    funding or state based funds, such as the California Advanced Services Fund.

    None of these funds have been examined as a group, much less in specifics.
    If customers are still paying through local rates and tax perks to upgrade
    the essential facilities, shouldn’t the FCC be investigating ALL funding
    sources and then determining whether the issues, such as cross-subsidization
    of the ‘interstate information products’ or giving USF funding to companies
    who do not ‘need’ the money to be profitable, be examined before the FCC
    determines it needs to raise the Universal Service fund or give other
    financial incentives to pay for broadband?

    The FCC claims it wants a data-driven policy. We supplied the data — It’s
    now the FCC’s turn.

    Report filed with the FCC: Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137
    Contact: Bruce Kushnick, bruce@newnetworks.com

  • joly 1:39 am on 12/09/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    FCC Deployment Workshop Webinar Thursday 12/10 1pm 

    As part of the FCC’s development of the National Broadband Plan, the Commission requested two independent studies, one from Harvard’s Berkman Center on the existing studies about broadband deployment throughout the world, and the other from CITI on projected deployment of new and upgraded broadband networks. The CITI report, “Broadband in America: Where It Is and Where It is Going,” is authored by Bob Atkinson, Director of Policy Research, and Ivy Schultz, Manager of Research.

    On December 10, the FCC will hold a workshop in the Commission Meeting Room where the authors of the two studies will provide an overview of their findings. The review of the Berkman report will start at 1:00pm, and CITI’s report start at about 1:45pm.

    More information and registration details can be found here.

    The Berkman Report

    Download here

    The CITI report

    Download: report | appendices

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