“FCC chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference today launched an effort to boost the speed of Internet access in the US to 100Mbps and higher,” Electronista reports.
“Dubbed 100 Squared, it would provide at least 100Mbps access to 100 million homes in the US. The official didn’t give a timetable for the rollout but hoped it would boost adoption of broadband from 65 percent today to 90 percent,” Electronista reports.
MacDailyNews Note: Actually, the “Prepared Remarks of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, NARUC Conference, February 16, 2010” documentation states that this is one of the goals under a “2020 vision,” so it’s 100Mbps Internet access in 100 million U.S. homes by the year 2020. Unless they meant “20/20 vision,” in which case all bets are off.
Electronista continues, “The ongoing National Broadband Plan is expected to help out and, among other plans, would gradually repurpose the Universal Service Fund from phone lines to Internet connections. Genachowski also warned that the US shouldn’t stop at the symbolic 100Mbps and pointed to the Google Fiber project’s 1Gbps as an example of what could be done by a motivated private company.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Comparing average Internet access speeds of countries with significantly different land areas, not to mention topography, is folly. The U.S., for example, covers 3,790,000 square miles. Singapore, for another example, is 274 square miles. Guess which one is far easier to cover and has faster average Internet access speeds?