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At the end of last year, GigaOM provided a platform for Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, to debate with Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, on how to get to better broadband. On Monday, watch them debate live in Washington, D.C.

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Getting fast and inexpensive broadband to all Americans is an essential goal for the next decade; most people agree. But how do we do it given the high cost of deploying broadband to rural areas? And how do we drive better broadband in a market where’s there’s not very much competition to drive both better access technologies as well as lower prices? At the end of last year, GigaOM provided a platform for Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, to debate with Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, on the topic. Those columns are listed at the end of this post.

For those who want to see the debate go further, please join me in Washington D.C. on Monday, Feb. 7 to watch Levin and Settles discuss how we can get to better broadband in person at the New America Foundation. The two will participate on a panel moderated by myself, Cecilia Kang from The Washington Post and Amy Schatz from the Wall Street Journal. For those unable to make the trek, please tune in to the GigaOM site or the New America Foundation website on Monday at 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST) to see the debate streamed live. I’ll be taking audience questions tweeted to @gigastacey, and you can follow the event on Twitter using the #broadbandplan tag.

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  1. Welcome to Washington, Stacey.

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    1. Thanks, Richard. You’re living on the West Coast, though, right?

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  2. Hmm. Is Eric still the chairman of the New America Foundation?

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  3. A person makes a sacrifice by living far from civilization. These sacrifices go far beyond communications. These people choose to live further from hospitals, schools, food, etc. There is nothing wrong with a family making this choice, but our choices have consequences.

    We cannot burden the American people with further debts to run communications out to remote areas in which ROI cannot be realized. In case no one has noticed, we are at a time of record debts. This debate is pointless from the start.

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  4. please ask them whats their best guess on when 100Mbps is available from at least one provider at every american home ? ditto for 1Gbps.

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  5. Hey, what about in India?
    I guess it would be a dream for all Indians…

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  6. LPTV stations are in almost every market in the nation, urban and rural. All that is required is to allow spectrum flexibility (alternative modulation schemes) and rural broadband would be available in no time. The FCC has opposed this idea because it doesn’t bring in auction money, never mind that it is probably the very best option.

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  7. [...] broadband access to millions of Americans. Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan told me on Monday in a debate, that without wireless in the mix as a viable competitor, the cost of providing broadband to 98 [...]

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