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[RFI] wideband service availability

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Subject: [RFI] wideband service availability
From: jimjarvis@comcast.net
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 23:23:09 +0000
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Ed, K0IL wrote:
snip>Sure, some small percentage of customers today now have cable modems, DSL, 
and the like, but not ALL of them.  Not even most of them.  Most of them have 
no reliable or easily accessed data link into the home.<snip
Sorry, Ed...not even close.   In 1996, the cable industry announced that they 
had fiber to the curb in 88% of the standard metropolitan statistical 
areas...and would be at 97% within two years.   They estimated that was 80% of 
the US population at that time.   The remainder is in largely rural areas.   Of 
the major metro areas, most are served by both cable and dsl, and many have 
multiple cable providers.
The reality is, if someone doesn't have wideband service today, there are only 
three reasons.  1) they live in an area which cannot be economically serviced 
by either phone or cable systems, or 2) they don't want it, or 3) they can't 
afford it.
Studies of the economics of BPL service have shown that there must be 5 homes 
served by a wifi link across the residential drop transformer, in order for 
service to be provided for under $40 a month.   Try and find that in the middle 
of Iowa corn country!    
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