Intel is like a WiMAX hammer and everything they see is a nail.
Broadband for all American's is a desirable goal but the issues are more complex than just throwing Intel's homegrown flavor of wireless at the problem.
Cable companies and telco's can already reach roughly 90% of households with broadband already so the issue for Americans without broadband is affordability, not availability of service.
For very remote areas of the country satellite Internet can reach users efficiently and wireless has a role to play also. But the type of wireless most able to reach the long distances of rural areas is fixed access with outdoor antennas. Instead Intel is focused on mobile broadband and HDTV demos to tech junkies driving 60mph in their cars.
Intel needs to understand there's no national mandate for providing taxpayer subsidized mobile YouTube and there efforts to hype WiMAX in Washington is nothing more than a plea for a federal bailout for their hemorraghing investment in CLWR.
"Intel needs to understand there's no national mandate for providing taxpayer subsidized mobile YouTube and there efforts to hype WiMAX in Washington is nothing more than a plea for a federal bailout for their hemorraghing investment in CLWR. "
I don't think that's true, Sanddollar. I think the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to provide the telcos money to expand their infra structure. I believe it was a $200 billion expenditure.
The Telecom Act was largely reform of the nation's outdated legal framework that had been authored in 1934 as well as to create a template for encouraging "unfettered" development of new communication services and technologies, of which the Internet was a major piece.
Subsidies to telco's have long existed for what Congress defines as an "essential service" [ie; today that means basic telephone service] and some funds were available for rural infrastructure and Internet access for public libraries and educational institutions.
There has never been a universal service mandate to provide broadband Internet access to all Americans, at least not yet, but the possibility that Congress could eventually bring Internet access under the universal service umbrella was anticipated in the Act.
What Intel is chasing is not old money, they're salivating at the new money on the table just like Wall St. firms and auto companies did with TARP, and like the real estate developers, governors, mayors are doing today. Its become a feeding frezny of free taxpayer money in Washington and every company that flies in on their corporate jet says its the need the money for the public good.
The problem is that Intel lost its intellectual integrity in the broadband debate. That wasn't always the case for Intel but when they pumped $2 billion in cash into CLWR - $1.2 billion just written down in impairment charges, objectivity became a casualty.
Intel is saavy enoug to know that that cable & telco's can already serve more than 90% of the U.S. households. No new infrastructure is needed. The feds can solve this problem with the stroke of a pen.
And UHF White Space spectrum is better suited to serve the sparsely populated populations of rural markets, and certainly more efficiently than a CLWR style network operating above 2Ghz. And satellite is an option for the most remote.
So where in the Intel CTO's suggestions does he encourage the Obama administration to implement the efficient and prudent solution, instead of pumping the "me first", "CLWR-WiMAX everywhere" bailout like every other company headed to Washington looking for a taxpayer handout.