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Minnesota
Broadband
Coalition
Busting Broadband Myths
Myth: Broadband expansion is working
Myth
• Industry has made significant
investments in broadband
infrastructure in Minne...
Myth: Federal funds will pay for broadband
Myth
• With CAF2, Minnesota doesn’t
need to pony up additional
public funds.
• ...
Myth: CAF2 networks are good enough
Myth
• CAF2 networks (10/1) are good
enough
Response
• 10/1 Mb download/upload
speed i...
Myth: Wireless is the future.
Myth
• Wireless is good enough.
Wireless is the future.
Response
• America’s broadband futur...
Myth: Satellite service is good enough.
Myth
• Satellite service is good enough.
Response
• Satellite connections suffer f...
Myth: No one needs fiber
Myth
• Fiber is a “Cadillac” service.
Response
• Fiber is more like a Toyota – they are up to
35%...
Myth: Rural areas don’t need competition
Myth
• “Overbuilding” is a poor use of
resources.
Response
• Community members wi...
Myth: Rural resident don’t deserve
broadband
Myth
• If you choose a rural lifestyle,
you can’t expect broadband.
Response
...
Myth: Broadband is expensive.
Myth
• Broadband is expensive.
Response
• Not compared to other
infrastructure:
• A new 4-la...
Myth: Nobody really needs all that speed.
Myth
• Nobody really needs all that
speed.
Response
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Busting broadband myths

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Responses to popular myths about the cost and value of broadband especially in rural Minneota

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Busting broadband myths

  1. 1. Minnesota Broadband Coalition Busting Broadband Myths
  2. 2. Myth: Broadband expansion is working Myth • Industry has made significant investments in broadband infrastructure in Minnesota – they are doing the job, and additional public funding is not necessary. Response • While we value how much these firms are doing to invest in the next generation of technology, we know they still need help. • Making sure everyone is connected is such a monumental task that we cannot let providers shoulder the burden alone. • Industry can’t be the “patient investors” that public sector can be.
  3. 3. Myth: Federal funds will pay for broadband Myth • With CAF2, Minnesota doesn’t need to pony up additional public funds. • CAF2 requires that providers build only “up to” 10/1 Mb. • CAF2 funded networks will still rely on aged copper last mile networks that will limit future service upgrades. • Subsidizing incumbent providers to provide this minimum level of service will discourage competitive providers from future investment in these still underserved areas in the near term. What is Connect America Fund Phase II? In MN, Consolidated Holdings, CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream, will receive more than $85 million from CAF2 annually for six years to upgrade their networks.
  4. 4. Myth: CAF2 networks are good enough Myth • CAF2 networks (10/1) are good enough Response • 10/1 Mb download/upload speed is not world class; it is second class. • The proposed Minnesota state broadband goal is 100 Mb by 2026.
  5. 5. Myth: Wireless is the future. Myth • Wireless is good enough. Wireless is the future. Response • America’s broadband future is tied to investment in fixed networks. • Fiber is the foundation of all wireless technology. • Wireless infrastructure without fiber backbone is like airplanes without airports. • Nearly all data traffic moves over fixed networks. Cellular carries only 2% of data traffic today, and is expected to grow to only 7% by 2018
  6. 6. Myth: Satellite service is good enough. Myth • Satellite service is good enough. Response • Satellite connections suffer from latency. So, there is a sometimes an irritating delay, which matters especially when you are using applications that need some degree of synchronizing, such as voice over IP, teleconferencing or gaming. · • Bad weather means interference. Storms or snow can interrupt a satellite connection. • Satellite is, by far, the most expensive. To get a high speed connection, you need to pay a big initial subscription fee, plus the usual monthly fees.
  7. 7. Myth: No one needs fiber Myth • Fiber is a “Cadillac” service. Response • Fiber is more like a Toyota – they are up to 35% cheaper to maintain than copper networks. They do not break as easily, and last longer than copper wires. • Fiber networks offer symmetrical service: Upload speeds = economic development. • When traveling over a long distance, fiber optic cables experience less signal loss than copper cabling. Copper cables can only transmit information up to 9,328 ft due to power loss, whereas fiber cables can travel up to 25 miles. • Unlike copper wires, fiber optic cables are impervious to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
  8. 8. Myth: Rural areas don’t need competition Myth • “Overbuilding” is a poor use of resources. Response • Community members will want to be served by high quality broadband networks that will meet today and tomorrow’s needs. • While the state has little legal power to require that CAF2 funded networks be built to a higher standard, telecom providers and state regulators are constantly negotiating current and future regulatory frameworks. State officials should encourage the incumbent CAF2- funded providers to use their CAF2 dollars to build out networks that are world class. What is overbuilding? When a new provider extends their network into an area that is served by another provider – that is called overbuilding even when the new network may be faster than the old.
  9. 9. Myth: Rural resident don’t deserve broadband Myth • If you choose a rural lifestyle, you can’t expect broadband. Response • We all do better when we all do better. All Minnesotans benefit when rural communities are vital and thriving. • Innovation and economic vitality can happen anywhere there is world-class broadband. Without broadband infrastructure, rural communities and rural economies cannot compete.
  10. 10. Myth: Broadband is expensive. Myth • Broadband is expensive. Response • Not compared to other infrastructure: • A new 4-lane highway is $4-$6 million per mile in rural and suburban areas, $8-$10 million per mile in urban areas. • A new 6-lane Interstate highway – about $7 million per mile in rural areas, $11 million or more per mile in urban areas.
  11. 11. Myth: Nobody really needs all that speed. Myth • Nobody really needs all that speed. Response

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