Check out this blog post by Fiona Morgan picking apart a “technical report” by the John Locke Foundation.
Some choice bits:
In a report bashing a city-owned broadband utility, the conservative John Locke Foundation reveals a stunning level of ignorance about technology.
â€œWilsonâ€™s Fiber-Optic Boondoggle,â€ written by research director Michael Sanera and intern Katie Bethune, criticizes Wilson, N.C.â€™s $28 million investment in a fiber-optic network that makes high-speed Internet, cable TV and phone service to every resident and business in the city. The utility project, called Greenlight, is funded by bonds which under the cityâ€™s business plan are expected to be repaid through subscription revenue.
JLF leads with the critique that the technology â€œcould be obsolete before itâ€™s paid for.â€
â€œWiMax wireless Internet technology is rapidly leapfrogging fiber-optic cable technology, making it obsolete.â€
To anyone who actually follows Internet technology, that statement is a howler.
Fiber is far and away the most advanced technology available for connecting to the Internet. It offers effectively unlimited capacity and speed. WiMax is the next generation of wireless technology, reaching further and moving data faster than the WiFi most of us use now â€” but nowhere near as fast as fiber. And every wireless system has to connect up to some kind of backbone. WiMax works best if connected to a fiber network.