Not in my Neighborhood – 2¢ Worth

Optical fiber, the new technology revolution

This is a personal issue for me as our Cherryville neighborhood is still waiting for wired internet. There are only seven houses that are not profitable to justify providing the infrastructure.

I just heard a podcast interview with Susan Crawford, a Harvard law professor and author of Fiber: The Coming Technology Revolution … For the book, she researched fiber optic networking conditions in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Korea) and compared her findings with conditions here in the US, such as from interviews with citizens and government officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

Her surprising statements included that

  • The introduction of fiber optics by the OECD ranks 25th out of 36 nations in the USA.
  • The World Economic Form ranks the USA 27th in terms of its technical preparation for future industries.

She says we suffer from a number of digital divisions, including the urban and rural divide, rich and poor, and the US-Asian and Nordic divide.

Accuse

First it was the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in 2004. Competition has focused on viable urban areas, particularly affluent areas where high-priced services are sold.

Second is big money-driven governments, like my state’s General Assembly, which passed a law in 2010 preventing municipalities from building and operating their own fiber optic networks. This was in response to the creation of the city of Wilson’s famous GreenLight network which I wrote about here: http://2cents.onlearning.us/?p=4329

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for over 40 years. He continues to write, but is primarily looking for his closest intersection of play, passion, and purpose by engaging in photography, drone videography, and music production. View all posts by David Warlick

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