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It was deja vu for President Barack Obama and the FCC, as both unveiled broad plans this week to expand broadband access. Obama revisited an idea he presented last June with the launch on Thursday of his Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative. Although White House officials spun the plan as "unveiled" and "new," it mirrors the 2010 proposal: using spectrum auction bucks; extending wireless broadband to roughly 98 percent of the nation; building a national public safety broadband network; and promoting innovation and research.
It's odd that I read Tracfone's Carlos Slim's exact same sentiment about two weeks ago. He also wants to see 75% of Mexicans have internet access. Suddenly Americans are waking up to the fact that they've fallen very far behind as far as leadership in the world is concerned, and I hope in it's time to still be able to close margins soon. Alas, if I think that we're the only major country to still entertain CDMA, then we've got some serious obstacles - companies? The government involvement is scary, but they won't be pushed into making changes if it costs them money.