Thursday, May 10, 2007

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduces universal broadband resolution

Thanks to Eldo resident Ron Britvich for passing this along this item from ars technica reporting Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced a Senate resolution calling for 100Mbps broadband for all U.S. residents by 2015, with an interim goal of 10Mbps by 2010.

Rockefeller noted that at the current pace of deployment, "next-generation" broadband networks (which the resolution defines as being capable of 100Mbps) will not be deployed throughout the US for another 20 years. The resolution calls on Congress to work with the President to develop a strategy with the goal of passing legislation by year end, but since a resolution doesn't carry the force of law, there's no guarantee that it will have any tangible results.

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