WSJ’s Mossberg wants a broadband plan with teeth

Mossberg also said the plan
is too focused on expanding access into rural areas.

“That’s like motherhood,
everyone wants to vote for that and I certainly support that,” Mossberg said.
But there are two other issues that he said don’t receive enough attention:
speed and cost.

“There are plans and services
that are sold in this country as broadband which wouldn’t even be allowed to be
labeled broadband in a lot of other countries they’re so slow,” Mossberg said. “And
yet, at the very same time we pay more per unit of broadband speed than anyone
else. So there’s something wrong in my opinion.”

Mossberg said improving the
country’s broadband access would be crucial to its economic competitiveness.

“We need a strong broadband policy on the part of the government
not to run or take over broadband, but to set the private sector and the
society on a course where we can make sure that we always have the kind of
speed, availability and affordability of broadband that will allow the
innovation around it that will keep us competitive or hopefully ahead of other
countries and I do worry about that,” he said.


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