With many areas of the United States lacking adequate fiber optic infrastructure to deliver premise Internet service, there continues to be an unfortunate effort to shift the focus away from that fact.
For example, this Texas Broadband Summit "designed to engage, educate, and equip technology providers and Texas
communities with the resources and partnerships necessary to improve
broadband access, adoption, and use," noting that "lack of digital literacy and the digital divide remain real issues in Texas."
What does "digital literacy" have to do with getting IPTV, VOIP and other Internet protocol-based services over fiber? Nothing, because people have been watching TV and making phone calls for decades. In that regard, they are already digitally literate. And the web and email have been around for two decades and most people currently use these common services.
It's time to stop the PR baloney and work on alternative ways of building fiber to the premise -- such as community cooperatives and municipal fiber -- to fill in the gaps that investor owned telco and cable TV providers are unable to fill.