FCC wants gigabit Ethernet in all 50 states by 2015

FCC wants gigabit Ethernet in all 50 states by 2015

Summary: The FCC is calling upon the government and service providers to step up Internet connectivity nationwide within two years.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a challenge to bring gigabit Ethernet speeds to all US states within the next two to three years.

Specifically, the FCC wants to see gigabit Ethernet speeds deployed in at least one community in each state by 2015.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski issued the call, dubbed the "Gigabit City Challenge," on Friday, arguing that ultra-fast Internet connectivity will in turn help breed innovation and improve local economies.

He explained in prepared remarks:

American economic history teaches a clear lesson about infrastructure. If we build it, innovation will come. The US needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness.

For reference, 1 gigabit-per-second connectivity speeds are approximately a hundred times faster than the average current high-speed Internet connection.

It's easy to see how Internet connections like that matter more for high-definition multimedia--especially as consumers come to depend more on the cloud for accessing and streaming HD videos and music.

Nevertheless, it's also costly and will take awhile to implement--thus, therein lies the "challenge" part of this initiative.

The FCC cited research from the Fiber to the Home Council, noting that there are currently only 42 communities across 14 states being served by ultra-high-speed fiber Internet providers.

The governmental organization hasn't provided more details about how it plans to achieve this ambitions expansion plan within three years. But for now, the FCC is aiming to help speed up these deployments by collecting best practices based on these communities with the intentions of lowering the cost for ultra-high-speed broadband Internet nationwide.

Topics: Networking, 4G, Government, Government US, Mobility

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  • Wait, wut?

    Just what color is the sky in the FCC's universe?

    I'm going to guess that it's a deep, rich brown...
    M.R. Kennedy
  • Lordy

    Oh they can build it - but what user will pay a gazillion dollars to use it? Unlike Europe where this sort of stuff is reasonable prices or almost free -- it will cost the end user here big bucks.
    Paul Aman
    • Europe is socialism, we are capitalism

      Why do you hate socialism?

      Just wait until clean, cheap, regulated tap water is replaced by more expensive bottled water that is dirtier and contains more bacteria thanks to deregulation... you might go to the hospital or die, but the CEO will get a bonus for engineering higher profit...

      Okay, that's a tad cynical, but the parallels aren't without precedent... and, look it up, bottled water is dirtier than tap... and more expensive, never mind a sheer waste of plastic when there's "peak oil" to consider... oh, there's a neat infographic out there along with a zillion articles...
      • Because socialism

        combines the greed of capitalism with the power of government.
      • regulation and ownership and such . . .

        "Just wait until clean, cheap, regulated tap water is replaced by more expensive bottled water that is dirtier and contains more bacteria thanks to deregulation..."

        Well, you don't need to have the government completely take over an industry to regulate it.

        And I've seen some very horribly filthy tap water.

        Do we need better regulations? Perhaps. But I wouldn't replace the entire industry with something government run.

        The actual number of incidents with bad water are likely very low in any developed nation, regardless of the source.
      • Socialism

        Maybe if the American people would wake up and actually take their 1st amendment rights seriously we could regulate through our market influence. For some reason we have gotten lazy and expect the Government to take care of everything for us when they cant even manage their own house?! What has more Government control really got us? I work longer and harder to make less money. Everything costs more and we the "middle class" (which really should be considered poverty class) keep making more and more sacrifices just to survive as the Government and the Rich battle it out. Government raises taxes on the rich (and the poor) the rich who control cost raise costs to offset higher taxes, we the poor are forced to pay more while paying exorbitant taxes!!! We the people need to take a stand against Tyranny and Monopolies. How? well doing nothing gets us nothing, so lets stop arguing over which political party or system is the best and lets start figuring out how we can get the upper hand. We have allowed monopolies and govt to treat us like puppets long enough!! If Americans cannot unite on a unified front we will all continue to suffer.
    • Nothing's free.

      Nothing's free. Have you seen their taxes?
    • Unlike Europe?

      If the United States government wants to extend high-speed internet service nationwide, it should follow the same model it followed for electric and POTS telephone service. It was government loan guarantees and subsidies, administered by the USDA Rural Electrification Administration, that encouraged the organization of non-profit electric and telephone cooperatives. Internet carriers -- cable TVs, telcos, or independents -- don't have access to those loans. If the government wants internet service nationwide, it should authorize the REA (now known as the Rural Utilities Service) to extend similar loans to internet carriers. If the big guys like AT&T and Comcast aren't willing to do it, non-profit coops and municipalities would be able to access RUS funding.
    • What on earth are you talking about?

      From another story here:
      "LTE is included in the Vodafone Red smartphone plans and offers download speeds of up to 50Mbps. For example, Vodafone Red Premium costs from €104.99 a month with a smartphone and includes 10GB of data, plus unlimited voice and SMS. LTE plans for tablets and laptops come under the MobileInternet Flat plans, with MobileInternet Flat 50.0 offering 10GB per month at 50Mbps speeds for €44.99 a month over two years."

      In case you don't know a Euro costs a good bit more than a Dollar! So to me it seems 4G is more expensive in Europe, not "nearly free".
  • By 2015?

    blowing smoke or hot air.
  • f the fcc

    And their silly dreams. In the real world, it costs money to build high capacity networks. Everyone wants high speed, but nobody wants to pay.
    • Half the story...

      Well, your point is entirely correct - nobody wants to pay as we've all been conditioned to want low low prices...

      But the other half the story is this: CEOs want profit, at customer expense, while eliminating competition, or at least making neat little deals to ensure collusion takes place, allowing them to profiteer at everyone else's undeserved and unwarranted expense. "Capitalism" was replaced by "parasitism" a long time ago, unfortunately...
      • What you just described isn't capitalism

        but socialism, where the government, and not the market determines winners and losers. How else do you think a corporation can eliminate its competition? I love how capitalism is blamed for all of today's economic woes when the U.S. is far less capitalist than it has ever been.
      • That could describe government as well.

        "CEOs want profit, at customer expense, while eliminating competition, or at least making neat little deals to ensure collusion takes place, allowing them to profiteer at everyone else's undeserved and unwarranted expense."

        Well, I say that could describe a government as well. A government monopoly can be just as dangerous as a market monopoly.

        Competition drives innovation - monopolies do not.
        • A government monopoly is far more dangerous

          A private monopoly can't put you in jail for failing to buy its products.
    • Government

      Taxpayers dollars were used to build the road infrastructure and the electricity infrastructure and the phones and mail and many other things we take for granted every day.
      Why not have them build a gigabyte network countrywide, to every home, then provide it at a reasonable price until they have made enough money to pay the taxman back, then sell it at a profit in chunks to local businesses around the country , no monopoly allowed only local businesses that have no involvement with any business out of the state they are in. Limit the price they can charge but give them the responsibility to bill the customers and to maintain the network.
      This would prevent the monopoly that has caused stagnation in the market and would create many more jobs all over the country.
      Damn i am good am i not.
      Flubaluba Billandben
  • Wired or wireless?

    How much taxpayer-funded subsidy will be used to give these companies a free ride, while they gouge customers? I think the word here is "collusion", since cable companies colluded to ensure neat little districts to keep prices artificially high, while taking corporate welfare.
    • So, in other words, government

      corruption is the problem.
  • Ethernet, LLC - Ready when you are!!!

    EthernetLLC.com/links is ready when you are!!!
  • Att here

    I barely get 1.8 meg on a 3 meg line.
    Cheap but my neighborhood is at the edge of the range of good DSL.
    For most internet it is just fine, till I download a movie or something else large.
    This would be fantastic but at what cost?