Thursday, March 30, 2006

El Dorado County remains disconnected as broadband subscribers show 10 million increase in 2005

The number of broadband Internet subscribers grew by 10 million in the United States in 2005, according to the Durham, NC-based research firm Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

“With about 10 million additional broadband subscribers in the US in 2005, the number of net broadband additions has increased every year this decade” said
Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for LRG.

By contrast, most El Dorado County residents remain stranded along the information highway, stuck with sluggish dial up connections to the Internet representative of early 1990s technology. While the majority of Americans who use the Internet from home enjoy high speed connections, El Dorado County residents are relegated to unreliable dial up connections that make using surfing the Web difficult.

They suffer this plight because the county’s predominant telecommunications provider, AT&T, has failed to bring El Dorado County up to date with a modern, reliable telecommunications system. Large portions of the county are wired with an aging and obsolete copper cable system that often proves incapable of delivering reliable voice service let alone Internet access.

El Dorado County Residents and Businesses is sponsoring a petition drive urging AT&T to upgrade its system or divest its assets in the county to make way for another provider committed to serving the county’s current and future telecommunications needs. The online petition can be accessed at http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/EldoTelecom/.

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