Friday, July 16, 2010
Today I went a Technology Alliance Group luncheon in Bellingham. I go to these on occasion to see friends and meet new ones. It was a great meeting and the discussion was the fiber network that Google is trying to bring to a city somewhere in the United States. Of the 11,000 applicants, there is a murmur that Bellingham may be one of the finalists.
It is unfortunately a crying shame the the U.S. so woefully lags the rest of the industrialised world in broadband availability. One image was that Finland will used as an example requiring by law that 100Mbps broadband access would be guaranteed to all its citizens by 2015. The U.S., by comparison, has a speed of only 3.8Mbps. I guess when the corporate sector controls the government and profit is all that matters, the citizens of this country must sacrifice something, But I digress.