Lightwave has a nice article on recent comments by Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) and AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) to the FCC about what should make up our national broadband plan, i.e. how to spend the stimulus and promote broadband penetration. I recommend a read. However, it can be hard to read such policy statements without having an allergic response to the extremely high levels of buzzword density. Therefore, I’m going to offer a bit of, err, translation. Here the 8 elements AT&T offers as central to the right plan:
- embrace the diversity of broadband – Translation: Copper is good enough. We’ll do FTTH when we feel like it so leave us alone.
- engage all broadband stakeholders – Translation: Let’s all submit recommendations, counter-recommendations, open letters, and other meaningless pieces of paper to the FCC for the next 10 years, while we finish milking the cash out of our copper.
- promote broadband innovation, investment, deployment and jobs Translation: Duh…
- provide targeted government support for broadband deployment where needed – Translation: If it’s competing with us, it’s not needed so bugger off.
- remove impediments to broadband adoption – Translation: Marketing is expensive, so please do it for us.
- encourage maximum utilization Translation: Except for P2P, over the top video, Skype on the iPhone, or anything else that might congest our networks.
- enhance cybersecurity and online safety. Translation: We don’t know how either, but it’s a hot potato and yes you’re now the one holding it.
There ya go. Glad to be of service. 😀
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