Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2015

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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46 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | MAY/JUNE 2015 SUMMIT COVERAGE Competition, Competition, Competition The chairman of the FCC explains what's needed to improve broadband in the United States – and what his agency is doing to help. By Tom Wheeler / Federal Communications Commission Y ou've selected "Let's Gigafy America" as the theme of this year's conference. Now, I'm no English major, but I'm pretty sure "gigafy" isn't a word. But I'm also pretty sure that I don't care, because, no matter how you say it, promoting ultra-high speed networks is about promoting expanded opportunity for the American people. It is a message we must all wholeheartedly support. It's in our shared interest to make sure that communities across America – large and small – have access to robust broadband networks that deliver the benefts of high-speed connectivity to all citizens. Tere are three simple keys to the broadband future: Broadband networks must be fast. Broadband networks must be fair. Broadband networks must be open. Today, I'd like to visit about the commission's recent eforts to promote fast, fair and open broadband, with a look to the future on ways we can collectively build on this progress. Broadband is the indispensable infrastructure of our 21st-century economy and democracy. High-speed connectivity has already revolutionized the way businesses operate and people communicate. Every day, we rely on broadband to work, learn, shop, share and speak out. As we begin to see the deployment of gigabit networks, which remove bandwidth as a constraint on innovation, we can only imagine what America's inventors will come up with next. COMPETITION WORKS I've become known for the mantra "Competition, Competition, Competition." Perhaps, based on your conference theme, I should start saying, "Gigafy, Gigafy, Gigafy." Come to think of it, the two are interrelated. Te discussion of how to encourage faster, better broadband starts with competition. I know it's not an accident that you're meeting in Austin, the city that proves competition works. Back in 2013, Google Fiber announced it was coming to town. Not to be outdone, AT&T Chairman Tom Wheeler addresses the BroadBand Communities Summit.

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