What Does Broadband Mean?

Dave Warlick, 2 cents worth, Apr 09, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes


As you know, I've had issues with bandwidth here in Australia, and today am paying $Aus 30 for one day of access barely adequate for a short newsletter. Australia has recently announced a broadband initiative, but what is significant is that the government here has (finally) realized that a private system will cherry-pick and overcharge. Canada privatized its telecom infrastructure a few years later than Australia and enjoys a relatively faster broadband, but the chart shows that we're lagging too. And as for the U.S., well, the internet has always been slow there. This is the time to build broadband, for the government to build broadband, when costs will be low and the need never greater. Anyone listening in Ottawa?
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