C'mon -- it's 2009, times are tough and it's ok to let it all hang out -- at least that's what the news is looking like.
Delay in the deployment of DTV could slow down other products industry wants to offer -- like live video to your phone, etc.
Obama's support for national access to broadband didn't exactly warrant any inclusion of that initiative in the $6 Billion 'broadband bailout' -- at least if you pay attention to his transition team...and the FCC's appoach
This question was seriously posed to me today by none other than the Dragon Lady (aka the boss). It was asked after what my plans for the spring semester entailed:
12 credit hours in the graduate school split between planning and public policy-Debates in International Development, Community Economic Development, Poverty Issues in Developing Nations, and a directed research study measuring the tax revenue implications of the high rate of foreclosures in a selected NJ township.
We've reached a watershed moment -- the internet is now officially more preferred as a news source than newspapers...I predict tightening the belt on family budgets will result in folks dropping the newspaper rather than dropping their internet connection. The fact that many folks are switching over to bundled services may catalyze that transition.
The death of the general circulation newspaper -- is it possible? And while we're asking, what about the land line telephone...?
Updated 07 Jan 2009 at 1:02 PM by AnvilPartners
(Ooopps I forgot..)
The short story --
The FCC originally proposed that they require whoever wins one of thier future auctions to provide a free broadband system, nationwide, within the next 10 years. Intended for families and folks of all ages, this system was to be filtered for porn and objectionable content.
When the idea came under fire (from several sides) the FCC folded like a cheap suit, and offered to revise the requirement, so that it didn't include content filtering.
2009 is stacking up to be ripe with issues, and the wireless world is no small part of that mix.
Wi-max is trying to get off the ground with the new Clearwire -- and could mature into the infrastructure of choice for internet connectivity for 'the last mile' -- those rural residences without good high speed internet. DAS (distributed antenna systems) has also proven it's utility, and may find itself integrated into more communities to provide service in highly sensitive areas.