US RANKS 5TH :: The Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010 :: GEEK RANT

What is holding back the US & the FCC from Broadband progress?  We know what it is, a lot of willy-nilly, self obsessed (i.e. Verizon and AT&T, et al) corporate posturing that really doesn’t proactively lead to positive results! What do we have now, the negative results we CAN see in black and white are, the US falling even further behind in the Global ‘race’ for broadband…

If I have to listen to one of my U.K. colleagues poke fun at my crappy Verizon DSL service here in the U.S./NYC, I am going to move to a country where I can get affordable broadband that isn’t barricaded on all sides by the even crappier through points along my digital path and excessive installation fees!

The pontification of decision makers is totally counter-intuitive to their ability to realize a common goal – the insidious dialog we hear on the subject of Broadband in the US has seriously caused eco-socio-psychological damage to our Nation’s ability to be a technological Global leader.  Here is the what the Wall Street Journal wrote:

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. dropped from third to fifth in the World Economic Forum’s latest rankings of national information technology systems. Sweden topped the rankings, and, to nobody’s surprise, China and India made huge gains.

But, they also say:

The U.S., which fell from third place, last held the first-place spot in 2005. But the report says the U.S. is “one of the world’s most innovative countries,” as reflected by the patents it produces. Usage of technology, particularly by businesses, is high, although the country ranks 72nd in the percentage of people who have mobile subscriptions.

Thank goodness for small favors…

Rankings 2009-2010 Top Ten
>> Rankings in full
Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Country
Sweden
Singapore
Denmark
Switzerland
USA
Finland
Canada
Hong KongNetherlands
Norway
Score
5.65
5.64
5.54
5.48
5.46
5.44
5.36
5.33
5.32
5.22

NEW!! BANDWIDTH BASTARDS :: TAKE A PEEK :: GEEK CHIC

In this episode I muse on the topic of the “mobile internet” and “net Neutrality spurred by a recent report; Time Warner Cable asked the FCC to lay off the Net Neutrality conversation, stating “Now is not the time to engage in a debate about the need for net neutrality obligations.” But if we don’t start out with equal and open access, how would we go backwards?

[brightcove vid=42057598001&exp=1344656541&w=510&h=550]

Thoughts?

bb_screen

FCC LAUNCHES BLOGBAND :: SITE EXPLAINED :: GEEK PEAK

Released:  September 22, 2009
FCC EXPLAINS RELATIONSHIP OF BLOGBAND TO THE RECORD IN THE NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN PROCEEDING
GN Docket No. 09-51
To foster dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, the FCC has launched a new blog called
“Blogband” at http://blog.broadband.gov.  Blogband is intended to keep the public up-to-date about
progress on the National Broadband Plan and to allow public feedback, comment, and discussion that will
help the FCC in developing the best possible Plan.  In creating Blogband, the FCC recognizes the need to
reconcile such innovative use of the Internet in communicating with the government with the more
traditional requirement of creating an administrative record, (i) to give interested parties notice of other
parties’ comments, (ii) to allow the Commission to address significant issues and (iii), if necessary, to
provide a basis for judicial review.
* You can make comments and suggestions, yes you!