Microsoft’s Craig Mundie on U.S. Broadband Efforts

10/3/08

Microsoft’s chief strategic thinker, Craig Mundie, believes the United States’ situation with broadband access represents a “total policy failure.” In an interview with the Washington Post, Mundie decries the fact that, by some measures, the U.S. ranks 14th in the world when it comes to rolling out broadband Internet service. He says Internet access in Tokyo is much faster, and much cheaper, than it is in Seattle. (That fits with last month’s report from Cambridge, MA-based Akamai that said Washington state has the largest percentage of slow Internet connections in the U.S.—Eds.)

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  • PDMcA

    Craig Mundie should not just criticize America’s broadband policy he needs to also champion investment in technological innovations that could substantially reduce the cost of broadband deployment in America. Billions of dollars are being spent today on the search for alternate energy solutions yet hardly anything is being invested by Telcos to develop new higher bandwidth broadband technologies that telcos can deploy much less expensively in rural and urban areas. One new proprietary technology in its infancy that looks huge is called Bonded DSL Rings http://www.BondedDSLRings.com it uses a Telco’s existing copper telephone lines and is based on existing telecom standards and can deliver up to 400 mbps of bandwidth to Rural and urban residents at less than 1/20th the cost of fiber.
    Posted by: PDMcA | October 5, 2008 2:22 AM