American Way: Broadband for All
We need stronger common access rules.Its time for action on universal broadband deployment. Always-on, high-speed connectivity transforms the Net experience, providing chances for learning, communication and economic development that all citizens should have. We support federal regulatory and incentive programs to make broadband Net access available and affordable to all. Thats why we welcome the Broadband Telecom Act of 2002 (S. 2448), introduced in the Senate in May by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., and hope its pro-competitive approach prevails in national broadband strategy.
Research shows users love the broadband experience. Nielsen Media Research/NetRatings reported in January that while broadband users are only one-fifth of the 93 million Americans with Internet access, they account for half the time spent online. However, customers are being charged record prices for broadband access and have fewer and fewer choices in ISPs that offer that service. According to market research company ARS, cable and DSL prices rose throughout last year, peaking at an average of $44.22 and $51.67 per month in December, respectively.