US Senators to FCC: Why subsidize fiber installation if satellite operators can deploy without subsidies?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A U.S. Senate hearing shed light on questions that the proposed non-geostationary-orbit broadband constellations have reawakened: How important is latency to the average internet user? Should government subsidize fiber installation given satellite technology advances?

Governments in the developed economies around the world have spent billions to lay fiber in non-urban areas on the assumption that remote users deserve the same broadband access as city dwellers.

These programs are costly. The planned Rural Development Opportunity Fund in the United States calls for spending . . .

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