FTTH Council applauds Rockefeller broadband resolution

MAY 9, 2007 -- S. Res. 191 calls for a national broadband policy and universally available transmission speeds of 100 Mbits/sec by 2015.

MAY 9, 2007 -- The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council (search for the FTTH Council) says it welcomes the introduction of S. Res. 191, a resolution calling for a national broadband policy and universally available transmission speeds of 100 Mbits/sec by 2015. The resolution was introduced today by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

"In calling for America to be a '100 Megabit Nation,' Senator Rockefeller's resolution helps put us on the right track toward policies that will help get America wired with next-generation broadband and thereby preserve American competitiveness in the Information Age," said Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council.

"We already have the know-how and the commercial infrastructure to build and deploy the fiber-driven networks that can deliver these very high bandwidth services," said Savage. "All we need is to ensure that government policies encourage, and do not hinder, the progress that is so critical to our nation's economic and technological supremacy. We commend Senator Rockefeller for his leadership and we urge his colleagues in the Congress to support this effort."

In early March, the FTTH Council called on the government to adopt a "100 Megabit Nation" policy as a means of ensuring that a majority of Americans can access next-generation broadband connections by 2010, with universal availability by 2015. The council noted that Japan, South Korea, and some European nations are already well ahead of the United States in deploying high-bandwidth, fiber-to-the-home networks.

Read the text of Senator Rockefeller's Senate floor statement introducing the resolution.

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