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Broadband Stimulus Bill details

January 20, 2009

More Broadband Stimulus Bill (and here at TMC) info from Stephen Ronan on the CyberTelecom listserv.  (probably in response to the volume of comments from Tom Keatings blog!)

Can anyone provide a pointer to the bill at issue?

The summary of the principal broadband provisions below:

1) $2.825 billion for loans, loan guarantees and grants to be administered by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning, Tele-medicine and Broadband Program.

VoIP and the Economy

January 20, 2009

VoIP originally was sold as the answer to the next wave of cost savings for consumers and especially for small business. Business phone lines have always cost more than residential lines because, in theory, businesses use the phone line more often. (I guess, if you have 2 teenagers then that equals 1 small business).

Now that businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, analysts are predicting a rise in VoIP sales. Maybe.

Broadband Stimulus Bill

January 16, 2009

There has been a deep discussion that started on Tom Keating's blog about the Broadband Bail-out plan (known in various circles as a Bell hand-out, Stimulus package, Information Highway Infrastructure Development Funding).

Attorney Jim Baller has more on the House Stimulus Bill:

  • $2.825B for USDA RUS, mostly for rural open access broadband grants, 50% to be awarded no later than Sept. 30, 2009;
  • $2.825B to NTIA, including $1B for Wireless Deployment Grants and $1.825B for Broadband Deployment Grants for the deployment of basic broadband service or advanced broadband service;
  • $350M to fund state broadband tracking initiatives; NTIA to develop and maintain broadband inventory map of U.S.;
  • $1.85B for wireline to be split 75% for advanced broadband in underserved areas and 25% for basic broadband in unserved areas
  • $1B for wireless to be split 75% for advanced broadband in underserved areas and 25% for basic wireless in unserved areas


  • "Advanced broadband service"=45Mbps/15Mbps;
  • "advanced wireless broadband service" = 3Mbps/1Mbps;
  • "basic broadband service" = 5Mbps/1Mbps
  • FCC to define "unserved" and "underserved"
  • Recipients must provide "open access" (except for providers of basic wireless broadband);
  • bill also lists numerous preferences (text of bill)(House Report)

Coverage and reactions:

Charter and Nortel

January 15, 2009

Effect of Broadband on the Economy

January 12, 2009

Many pundits and pols are pushing the National Broadband Strategy to stimulate the economy. Let's look at the effects of Broadband on the Economy:

First, there is the Lake County Florida case: "Our econometric model shows that Lake County has experienced approximately 100% greater growth in economic activity - a doubling - relative to comparable Florida counties since making its municipal broadband network generally available to businesses and municipal institutions in the county. ...

Level3 Financial Update

December 31, 2008

Following this story and my own, a couple of master agents called me to get an opinion on the viability of Level3 and if I thought that they would file BK. My response was that I didn't think it was likely and that L3 has been leaning on the Channel to bring in more revenue every year. But I pinged some people I know and this showed up in my inbox: A press release from Standard & Poor's.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Service said today it lowered its issue rating on Broomfield Colo.-based Level 3 Communications Inc.'s 6% convertible subordinated notes due 2009 to 'D' from 'C'.

Level3 Stock in Trouble

December 31, 2008

Rocky Mountain News reports that Level3 "remains unprofitable, mired in more than $6 billion in debt, and shares have fallen to less than 70 cents. Ordinarily, Level 3 stock would be delisted, but Nasdaq has suspended the $1 minimum requirement until April 9 because of the country's economic turmoil."  With revenues flat, L3 is looking to give itself time to repay all of its debt to forego bankruptcy.

Fox and MarketWatch reported that "Level 3 Communications Inc. had its corporate credit rating cut to SD, or selective default, from CC by Standard & Poor's. S&P also lowered ratings on Level 3's convertible subordinated notes due 2010 to D from C."  In addition, Level3 changed its stock buy back plan -- and is having trouble getting takers.

Business Advice

December 29, 2008

It seems that as 2008 comes to a spiraling end, everyone is giving business advice. If you run a small business, here's some of it:
Other Best Of lists for Business books in 2008:
I vote for you reading Seth's best blog posts.  And my own thoughts for businesses in 2009 is: Differentiate and Sell. Not be everything to everyone. Be Unique and actually sell services. Especially in 2009, although I have elected not to participate in the recession at all.

Cluetrain Manifesto

December 12, 2008

The Nortel Tale

December 11, 2008

Nortel is in the news as it weighs bankruptcy. Rich Tehrani has an historic view of Nortel here, as he makes an excellent point:
Sadly, we are learning now (as we do in every downturn) that branding, marketing and "perception augmentation" is something that needs to be done constantly. In good times and especially in bad.
Nortel is experiencing what the VoIP hardware market is feeling: not enough money for everyone to live off. If Cisco is reaping the most benefits, the rest of the hardware companies have to learn to live with a diet of scraps as consolidation and trimmed CAPEX hits the industry.  How many Class 5 or Session Border Controllers do you need before you have maxed out?

Nortel suffers from what many companies do: You cannot be everything to everyone.  You need an Identity that Differentiates you from the pack.

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