“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we’re reading about the future of broadband services and deployment.
1.) Lords say UK’s planned broadband network will not be fast enough. Communications committee report says government’s internet strategy is flawed and BT is designing a network that will stifle competition.
2.) Google Fiber: Why meaningful broadband competition is so hard. Google is investing a fair amount of money in trying to bring its Google Fiber project to Kansas City, Mo., which would give the place something sorely lacking in the United States — real competition for broadband Internet and television services.
3.) 13,000km fiber cable project abandoned. The end of Pacific Fibre’s plans to build a 13,000km high-speed fibre-optic cable between New Zealand, Australia and California is seen as a major blow to the country’s internet future.
4.) America’s broadband adoption challenges. The FCC has announced the results of its second “Measuring Broadband America” report: those American consumers who have adopted broadband are using connections that run at an average speed of 14.6 megabits per second (Mbps), up from 10.6 Mbps in 2011.
5.) Iowa View: New FCC rules pose problems for rural broadband expansion. As you tap on your mobile phone, watch a video on your tablet or you telecommute to your place of work from home using Wi-Fi, it’s all possible through a wireline network. Wireless needs wires. You read that correctly. Wireless does need wires.
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