The last Mile
There are rural telephone companies that have no competition because of government protection. This is an old regulation and should be removed. These local independent telecoms do not have to worry about their infrastructure because of the lack of competition. As a result we have outdates lines that loose the connection several times a day due to rain, heat and wind. Now try running DSL in these conditions. If the government is going to allow protectionism for these local independent telecoms, it ought to at least regulate them to keep the systems up to date and dependable. If they cannot do it then let the competition come in to do it.
If the government wants to put recovery money into technologies they need to look at WiMax. WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard that enables the delivery of high-speed personal broadband services to subscribers anytime, anywhere.
WiMAX uses advanced radio technology with OFDM/ OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and smart antennas to deliver triple play services, i.e. voice, video and data over fixed, nomadic and mobile networks. Operational in both licensed and license-exempt frequencies, the technology offers flexible and economically viable solutions for different deployment scenarios in urban, suburban and rural environments.
WiMAX is a 4G technology founded on advanced antenna and radio technologies that enable the superior capacity and coverage needed to support the true-value shift from voice and fixed broadband communications to data-oriented wireless broadband.