Will a $6 Billion Package Really Make Any and Every Americans Interested in Broadband?

US Senate and House are close to reach a deal to approve $6 billion for the deployment of Broadband across the country. Proposed legislation in the Senate would give a heavy tax credit to service providers offering 100-Mbps speeds and up. But, Cable Companies who provide Broadband less than 100 Mbps want tax credit for 50 Mbps connection.

The legislators are keeping an eye on a survey report released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that found many Americans don’t want broadband and another large group doesn’t have the computers or smartphones so that they can use the Internet. Most independent studies show that US is behind the industrialized nation in terms of reaching broadband across mass population.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, debated that major amount of the funds should be given to the Agriculture Department. But others want the funding should be controlled by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, who recently spent $1.34 billion for analog-to-digital TV broadcast switch.

“When half of dial-up and nonusers cite reasons such as ‘not interested’ or ‘nothing could get me to switch,’ it seems clear that networked digital resources do not play enough of a role in their lives to justify a broadband connection,” said John Horrigan, associate director for research at the research organization.

Source: InformationWeek

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