- Open infrastructure is an essential building block to universal broadband.
- Broadband Adoption = Access + Applications + Affordability + Accessibility + Assistance
- There are many different roadblocks to adoption in “underserved” communities.
- At least five factors must be measured to understand why an expensive-to-serve area has no or sparse broadband.
- Urban communities have the most nonadopters.
- Public-good “Grand Challenge” applications are the killer apps for government.
- Subsidized middle-mile fiber combined with community connection points will catalyze first mile deployments in expensive-to-serve areas.
- Successful programs that create new adoption must be feted and scientifically analyzed so we can replicate success.
- Mapping is a-good-thing, but empirical data is better.
- Sustained local leadership has the biggest and most dramatic effect on creating broadband demand, creating a community broadband spirit and attracting the attention of communications providers.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Ten Things You Need to Understand About Broadband
Just posted a four page piece called Ten Things You Need to Understand About Broadband. Read the whole thing at FirstMile.US or cheat with just reading the ten things here...