April 26, 2005

Madison Center of Wired World?

Andrew Wallmeyer argues that "Madison-area consumers have a ringside seat" to telco battles between cable, phone and internet firms. Is this true? I think not. Here's why:
  • Madison lacks wifi at the airport - lagging other communities who have had this for years.
  • There is no production fiber to the home or premise happening here.
  • Currently available "broadband" services (Charter cable, SBC DSL and TDS DSL) substantially lag those available in Japan & Korea, in terms of performance and cost.
I have quite a few links on broadband - click to check them out. I think Wallmeyer should revisit this with a comparison of services available elsewhere - in the US and around the world. Fiber is coming to the home, in a few places, just not Madison. WiFi is widely available in some communities now, just not generally here. We're behind, it's as simple as that.

UPDATE: Japan's NTT is now offering 100mpbs to the home for Y4,700/month ($45).... We're further behind.... Posted by James Zellmer at April 26, 2005 7:17 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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