FCC calls for ‘100 Squared’ 100Mbps Internet access in 100 million U.S. homes

“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.”

Full article here.

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?


  1. If information is the future and the internet is the Information Superhighway, we need to figure out if we, as a country, want to try to compete with a national highway system or a bunch of country roads. Where would the manufacturing economy have gotten without the interstate highway and national highway systems?

    Of course, one could ask, where would we be if every mile of highway in the US was a toll road? Time for a national system now.

  2. Korea
    Area- 85,020 sq mi
    Population Density- 850.7/sq mi
    Total Popuation- 73,000,000

    United States
    Area- 3,794,101 sq mi
    Population Density- 83/sq mi
    Total Population- 308,692,000

    Area- 145,925
    Population Density- 873.9/sq mi
    Total Population- 127,470,000

    Area- 260,558 sq mi
    Population Density- 299/sq mi
    Total Population- 65,447,374

    Just some facts

  3. @ Mid west Mac lmfao you are so right they will join together and block it sayin we should leave that market alone as well the private corps know what they are doing and will put faster Internet if they deem necessary. If verizon can make millions charging ppl 29.95 a month for “high speed” 7.1 mbps y would they ever invest in faster speeds , ohhhh yes because ppl would juss swith to another damn company charging the same crap cuz u know we the ppl have that mandating power to mandate companies to wake up and catch up with the rest of the world.

  4. How much are you will to pay for the internet to beat all internets speeds in other countries?
    Because anyone can build it. That is not the problem. However, will the people in that area be willing to pay for it? If not, then the government can then tax everyone and build it. But, how much tax money are you willing to pay out of your salary or when you purchase? Plus, the government must borrow the money and pay interest back on it.

    All is mute unless you are willing to pay for it and everyone around you.

    If you really want that service, contact ATT and they can build the service to you. Here is the catch, you have to pay the cost to bring it to YOUR door.

    Any takers?

  5. @QuestionIS – Should we only build roads to communities that can “pay for it”? What about clean drinking water? Or electricity?

    Actually electricity is an important example that so many free-market evangelists always forget about. The Rural Electrification program was an important component of FDR’s New Deal. Set up power lines to remote poor rural areas that no “sensible” power corporation would bother with because there wasn’t enough money in it. More tax-and-spend socialism right?

    But what were its effects? In impoverished areas small amounts of electricity can free large amounts of human time and labor. Time that used to be spent carrying water or fuel, or washing clothes by hand, can now be occupied by more productive, wealth-producing work. Electric powered wells for clean water can prevent many water borne diseases, reducing health care costs. Refrigeration increases the time food can be stored, potentially reducing hunger and lowering family food expenses.

    And don’t forget that this also opened up a HUGE new market for the American appliance industry! Many thousands of people who would never have bothered with them were now potential customers for refrigerators, washers & dryers, electric lights, radios, etc. How many good middle class jobs were created servicing that new market?

    Instead we hear the tired old cliche “let the market do it”. Well the “market” would have told these regions of the country to screw themselves because there wasn’t enough short-term profit to serve them. And today we’d have huge regions of America that would be little more than 3rd world countries. Government investment has a definite role to play in bettering the lives of the mass population.

    Also as far as getting AT&T;to “build it to your door”, excuse me but AT&T;and Verizon and the rest have gotten TONS of tax exemptions, monopoly access, and other benefits in EXCHANGE FOR PROMISES TO BUILD OUT BROADBAND. As so often happens, they take the goodies and don’t fulfill their obligations. If these corporations would just fulfill the promises THEY’VE ALREADY MADE, we wouldn’t be 15th in broadband access in the world.

    I’m more than happy to have my tax money go toward building out broadband. How many more budding computer scientists or creative uses for computers will we find when kids behind the digital divide can access the tech? How much wealth will be created by opening up the possibility of tech jobs not just to those lucky enough to live where providers feel they can profit. Hell, give me back all my tax money that has gone to Halliburton and Blackwater, which produce nothing but death, and hand it over for public broadband buildout NOW!

  6. @Rheinhard,

    I certainly agree about the part with Halliburton and Blackwater. Two completely incompetent corporations that have profited hugely on garbage product. While I do believe in free markets, I do think there should be consequences for corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater other than more and more contracts.

    If we’re going to use taxpayer money for the public, certainly broadband is a better use than endless war and death.

  7. To the idiots posting irrelevant information about the population densities of various countries (especially “Square Miles”): please put things into proper context:

    70%+ of the US population live in urban areas. These areas have population densities higher than 500 people per square mile.

    This 200+ million urban population market is about twice as big as Japan, and about three times as big as Korea.

    It is also about twice the density and more than three times the total poppulation of all of France.

    Japan and Korea already have access to 100Mbs+ internet speeds for most of the populations. Japan is already rolling out 1Gbs to the home speeds.

    The private industry in the US has lagged far behind the developed world in rolling out widely available high speed (100Mbs+) internet service. The reality is that most areas do not have enough competition in private industry in the US.

    100Mbs+ all-you-can-eat internet services in Japan and Korea are highly competitive, and generally cost around 40 to 60 US dollars per month. The governments in both countries, via appropriate policy making decisions, incentivized private industry to build out high speed infrastructures.

    It should be noted that in the late 1990s, Japan lagged far behind the US in the availability of high speed internet (at the time it was ADSL).

    Competition from the public sector may be what US private industry requires to get it off its ass and build an infrastructure that is proper and good for a country that is supposed to be an economic superpower.

    Right Wing rhetoric and excuses for not building a proper infrastructure in the USA has gone on far, far too long.

  8. Yea. Now all the global warming people have blame for the corporations. As you stated that it is actually the fault of the US goverment. But why are they blaming the corporations if they pushed the use of mass power and transportation.
    You are right though, we should allow the government to decide what is best. I see how our now total dependence on fossil fuel was brought to us courtesy of the federal government.

    Thanks for clearing that up!!!

  9. The Internet was birthed by DARPA and Verizon didn’t exist then , AT&T;opted out and Comcast & Time-Warner were not involved. It was funded by DoD for the DoD. It was turned over to public use due to the efforts of then Sen Al Gore & others.
    That’s the truth of the matter.

  10. That is a twist. Government expands use of power, power expands to new fuels, fuel destorys environment, people die because the federal government, planet becomes toxic, and government blames it on the corporations!!!
    True government policy and plolitcal blame game to the very people the government setup to fail.

    Funny, make a great movie!

  11. As I can tell it was private citizens that had the ideas and brought them to companies or the government. Some had been use for problems that the government had. These solutions were used and the credit goes to the GOVERNMENT? Holy hell!
    If the government was so smart, how did it fall for the global warming HOAX!!! Hockey stick! They are admitting NO significant rise in global temperture since 1995. Shocker! Public officials MAKE plenty of mistakes. DARPA searches for answers from the private sector. So the Internet was envisioned by private parties and used by the government. Remember agent orange? Remember all the atom bombs with the radiactive fallout? How about the hundreds of billions wasted on pork, 500k for a toilet seat?
    Some of you needed to pull you head out of Uncle Sam’s rear end!
    Next we will be completely watched by cameras, computers, and the government with all that beautiful fiber and ultra high speed shit you guys want. Add the energy needed to run this, the product waste, and where are you going to put it? In China were the ground and water it totally toxic?
    Holy hell are you guy dense.
    Counter point your beautiful government view points.

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