Here’s proof that the first world standard for broadband is moving to 1GBPS.The technology is ready and cheap. In markets with actual competition, it’s an upgrade that fits right into the maintenance cycle.
My friend David Isenberg, who organizes the wonderful Freedom 2 Connect (F2C) conference, sent me a link to a story this morning. The gist of the news is that ReggeFiber, in partnership with Dutch incumbent KPN, will make 1 Gbps the standard connection speed for all FTTH customers. The company currently has more than 300,000 customers and is on target to grow to a million subscribers. Zeewolde is the first city that will get the service.
How can Reggefiber do this? The company has seen steep declines in the price of equipment — from modems to central office stuff — which has allowed it to offer this service. (Gigaom)
In light of this news, the FCC’s draft broadband plan becomes even more laughable. What’s not laughable about allowing a duopoly to control US broadband is how this will continue to erode economic opportunity.