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Broadband industry creates opportunities

Published: August 29, 2012

“Correction: Cable vs. DSL story” (Associated Press, Aug. 14), suggesting that consumers face higher prices and less choice for broadband service, misses some rather fundamental facts. In most places, consumers can choose from among six to 12 Internet service providers. This includes a telephone provider, a cable provider, one or two cable over-builders (such as RCN) and at least four 4G wireless providers. The FCC reports that nearly 97 percent of the nation has access to greater than 3 megabits per second (Mbps) speed with an average speed of about 15 Mbps — high-speed broadband by nearly anyone's definition. And when measured on a per-megabits-per-second basis, prices have actually declined over the decade while speeds have vastly increased.

The sky-is-falling criticism has become a cottage industry for self-styled critics who want to get a headline or raise money for their tax-exempt organization. The reality is that the broadband industry is creating jobs, spawning innovation and applications, creating opportunities for minority entrepreneurs and small-business owners — and getting all of us more information, education and entertainment than ever before.

Roger Campos, Washington, D.C.

Campos is president and CEO of Minority Business RoundTable, a national organization representing executives of small, minority and women-owned businesses.

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