Broadband Around The Planet

Update: Folks, all of you who have responded to the call, my heartfelt gratitude. It is nice to see so many believers who agree that we need an independent resource that collects all the information. Special thanks to Ross Mayfield of Social Text, who has set up a private wiki, just so we can get started.

He pointed me to a Wiki by Loic, which is a good guiding light for us. With the help of Nik Cubrilovic, Alajandro Panizza, and Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz we have Australia, Uruguay, and France profiles ready already. Mark Evans sent us a profile of Canada. Folks from Israel, Malaysia, Switzerland, India and Pakistan are also hard at work. Who knew I had readers in Romania. I think if we can keep building the momentum like this, we should be done soon. :-)

Venkatesh, has decided to help out with building a Google Map-based broadband profile of the help. Anders is going to craft an image. The wiki should go is public hopefully by end of the day, and I am going to link it from GigaOM. Maybe we can can all link to “Planet Broadband” Sticker (Need help with that since I am a design klutz.) The big question is: should we continue to do it on SocialText, or Should I set-up a Media Wiki on, which is a domain I have sitting idle. The third option is use a blogging tool. I am willing to go with the community decision on this, since in the end you are the folks who have the power. Please let me know what you think.

Folks, I am undertaking a big project for which I need your help. A lot of help. I have an idea to do a “broadband profile” of the planet. What I would like to do is find contributors who are kind enough to write 250 words about the broadband situation in their country. In addition, I would love to get a list of:
1. Key Broadband Players
2. Main Access Technologies, like cable, or DSL
3. The price of bandwidth per megabit
4. Average Speeds available to consumers.
5. Anything else including links to some of the better blog posts about the “broadband situation” in that country.

You can email the information to me directly, or simply, use the contact form to get in touch. I will do the editing etc. Please if possible, use Anders Brownsworth’sblog quote technology for companies that are publicly traded.

In addition, I would be looking for some design help. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to build a map of the world that can be hot-linked. I would love to get your thoughts on whether it should be part of the main blog, or should we do a sideblog for this? Look forward to hearing from you folks



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