Comments on: More on broadband numbers http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/ Blog, news, books Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:59:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: cgvgnnm http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-28520 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:15:37 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-28520 KPivVe vueukdwzsswn

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By: Mauve http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-28494 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:52:08 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-28494 IMHO you’ve got the right asnewr!

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By: Arpan http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-28492 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:37:03 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-28492 (Paperback)This is a very good book for the reader to unerdstand new communication devices and the impacts on society. The changes and difficulties also discussed in the book.

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By: Marcus http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-4254 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:38:47 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-4254 @George:
Norway actually isn’t such a small country when you compare the area to the population. And several of the other countries don’t have large oil resources and seem to do well even without it. It’s true though that in several of these countries the infrastructure has until a couple of years ago been run primarily by the government.

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By: George http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-4253 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 15:07:51 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-4253 Lessig, this is just completely misleading use of statistics, and not taking other things into account.

First of all, in 2000, there were only about 40 countries listed in the ITU stats. In 2007, that was over 150. If you only compare the US to the countries from the ones in 2000, the US drops to #18 from #5, not #22. Not a whole lot of difference, but still.

Then you look at the countries above the US in 2007, and compare them to the US as far as size, geography, topography, government type, etc, and you’ll easily understand why the US has fallen “behind”.

Norway, the one I’m most familiar with, is #7 on the list in 2007 out of the ones that were included in 2000. Norway is a small country, with less than 5 million people, with a somewhat socialist government, and has vast oil resources.

In Norway, Telenor was a communications state-owned monopoly up until privatization at the end of 2000. Thus, Telenor had been financed by the government (with oil revenues) to be able to build up and maintain the telecommunications infrastructure in the entire country. The state still owns a significant portion of Telenor, even now, 8 years later. Most of the telecommunications providers in Norway have to lease Telenor’s infrastructure for their services. Telenor basically still has almost full control over the infrastructure, and milks other providers to be able to maintain and expand the infrastructure.

I have no idea how you could honestly compare that to the US, in any way shape or form. Then you have Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Korea, etc, etc above the US in the 2007 ITU numbers, all of which have similar stories as Norway.

To expect the US to be better than all of these is unrealistic and just plain silly. That doesn’t mean the US shouldn’t focus on improving their Internet infrastructure.

However, smearing John McCain because he hasn’t (as if he is a dictator) nationalized the US’ oil resources, instituted a state-owned monopoly on telecommunications, and financed the entire thing with oil revenues – is that reality? Please.

McCain has passed legislation to let state governments finance better infrastructure for their citizens, what has Obama done? Jack squat, that’s what. “Just words,” comes to mind.

A little less inane hackery, a bit more facts and reality, please.

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By: Jonathan http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-4252 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:27:02 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-4252 I am just curious if you’re planning to address Biden’s technology policy. It seems very backwards compared to Obama’s very good one. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10024163-38.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.0

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By: Carl http://www.lessig.org/2008/08/more-on-broadband-numbers/#comment-4251 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:34:16 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/08/more_on_broadband_numbers.html#comment-4251 Just for clarification for those of us unfamiliar with politics or technology, what kind of DC regulator are we talking about: the kind that regulates direct current voltage or enforces American laws?

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