FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke today on the state of U.S. broadband. He didn’t break new ground, but he did push for faster and higher capacity broadband in the U.S. The question is whether he plans to get the agency to do anything about it.
U.S. broadband needs a facelift, becoming faster, fatter and going farther if the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission has his way. In a speech Tuesday, Julius Genachowski did what I’m beginning to think of as the “Julius shuffle”, where he takes two steps forward calling for innovation, competition and better broadband and then fails to deliver with policies that might enrage the major wireline and wireless ISPs. But the fundamental question to ask after his speech and ahead of the close of a comment period on how the FCC measures broadband in the U.S. is: what will the new broadband math look like?