Just been invited to participate on a panel at the BC Broadband Conference in Vancouver on June 2nd/3rd. Any of you that know me have probably heard me rant on Network Neutrality, and now I may get a platform to throw some opinions out in a more public forum. Most of my opinions are based on information I receive from blogs and articles from the Bill St. Arnaud, Michael Geist, Benoit Felten, Pipe International and other national and international Muni-fiber initiatives. I'm humbled to be offered a position as a panel speaker at this event as I don't feel I have quite the credentials to stand up next to some of the others who have managed, or will be managing, their own fiber initiatives, but I will certainly contribute in any way I can. In fact I'll do whatever it takes to raise the awareness of just how lacking we are with high speed technology in this country.
Ok, can't help but rant. Last mile access needs to be managed by a neutral party or utility upon which service providers can deliver their services in a competitive environment. Besides the fact that we don't need the equivalent of two driveways coming into every home and business, service providers can not possibly deliver cheap high speed bandwidth if they have to bear the full financial burden of upgrading their infrastructures to support the next generation services. Therefore unless communities and carriers start working together, the incumbent carriers will have to leverage their existing infrastructures with band-aid technologies in the same way that ADSL leverages the use of their old copper POTS network. Either way it is the consumer who is going to lose out by being the recipient of a technologically inferior or really expensive service