July 31, 2001

Why are we in a broadband recession?

Author: JT Smith

According to former FCC chief Thomas W. Hazlett, the biggest obstacles to broadband deployment in the United States are local and national regulatory agencies. Open access rules, opines Hazlett, have caused more problems than they have solved: "Despite early projections that DSL's "open" platform would trounce "closed" cable modems,
cable had 4.7 million subscribers in Dec. 2000 to just 1.7 million for DSL. With multiple vendors
required to service each customer, an artifact of "unbundling" regulation, network build-out
moves slowly." Read the full essay at ZDNet.
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