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…

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SPEAK UP NOW :: FCC is Seeking Public Comment on the Smart Grid :: DON'T BLAME THE FCC IF THE GRID CAN'T READ

The FCC is looking for data, analysis and perspectives from participants across the entire Smart Grid ecosystem. They want to know what works and what doesn’t, and want the data to back it up. The data they gather through this process will be an important part of the analysis their team is undertaking.

The deadline for responses is October 2, “but we’re hopeful that many will begin submitting facts and findings to the record right away. We’ll be presenting some preliminary findings at the Commission meeting on September 29.” according to the FCC Blog at

“Our team is intently focused on identifying the best ways to support and accelerate these developments. These ideas will be an important part of the National Broadband Plan.”

The problem is that the FCC does not yet have the authority to dictate with impunity the Best Practices for the implementation – I personally wouldn’t mind if they were granted the right to pull a trump on Private interest to make this happen, right now the “committee” is just too big and too full of self interest to do any good for our grid, our country or our Broadband.

Too much pressure from big Telcos and not enough action taking place.

According to the post.

Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting 9/10 :: Live webcast :: National Broadband Plan

SAVE THE DATE: The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Commission’s Headquarters Building, Room TW-305, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC  20554. Meetings are open to the public and are broadcast on the Internet in Real Audio/Real Video format with captioning at
Meeting Agenda
At its September 10, 2009 meeting, the Committee will focus upon broadband and the development of the National Broadband Plan. The Committee is expected to consider an outline of its recommendations to be submitted in connection with the National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry, Docket 09-51. The Committee may also consider other consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission. A limited amount of time on the agenda will be available for oral comments from the public.  Meetings are open to the public and are broadcast on the Internet in Real Audio/Real Video format with captioning at  Members of the public may address the Committee or may send written comments to: Scott Marshall, Designated Federal Officer of the Committee, at the address noted below.
The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.  Sign language interpreters, open captioning, assistive listening devices, and Braille copies of the agenda and handouts will be provided on site.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon
request.  Include a description of the accommodation you will need, and a way we can contact you if we need more information.  Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.  Send an e-mail to: or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).
For further information contact:  Scott Marshall, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal
Communications Commission, Room 3A633, 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20554. Phone: 202
418-2809 (voice) or 202-418-0179 (TTY). Email: