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RE: [RFI] wideband service availability

To: "'jimjarvis@comcast.net'" <jimjarvis@comcast.net>,"rfi@contesting.com" <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: RE: [RFI] wideband service availability
From: Ed -K0iL <eedwards@tconl.com>
Reply-to: "eedwards@tconl.com" <eedwards@tconl.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 22:19:21 -0500
List-post: <mailto:rfi@contesting.com>
"Try and find that in the middle of Iowa corn country!  "

Well Jim, that's pretty close to home in Cornhuskerland.  :-)  I guess my 
company's entire service area is probably considered rural then, even 
though it includes the largest city in Nebraska.  Most of it is very rural 
outside of Omaha area.  Broadband is not as easily found here outside of 
Omaha.  I have cable, but when I asked about DSL, then said not 
available-must be too far from the CO.  I can throw a rock from my roof and 
hit the CO bldg without trying, so I don't think that's the reason.  We do 
have two cable companies in this part of Omaha though so we have the 
duopoly here with  DSL in some spots somewhere.

So if Omaha is considered rural, then I guess I can see where Powell and 
Bush are coming from when they said they want Broadband in "rural" areas. 
 500,000 folks in abut a 500 sq mile area are a lot of rural folks.  That 
doesn't include the folks across the river in C.B. IA.

-----Original Message-----
From:   jimjarvis
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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