Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia wants broadband and he wants it now. He's just introduced a resolution (albeit non-binding) to push for universal 10Mbps access by 2010 and 100Mbps by 2015. Because it's non-binding, it amounts to little more than fist-shaking at providers who've been dragging their feet, but I suppose it's the thought that counts.
With the upcoming phase-out of analog TV signals to free up so-called "white space" and the auction of the lucrative 700MHz spectrum by the FCC, wireless might get a needed boost to be just what the doctor ordered for rural areas. For most areas, Sen. Rockefeller supports fiber networks similar to what the Koreans and Japanese already enjoy. The non-binding resolution doesn't have any teeth, but it may pave the way for better speeds, truly universal access and increased competition in the broadband market.
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