Qwest is Upgrading

Thanks to Ann Higgins for the heads up on Qwest’s big upgrade. Word is Qwest has purchased equipment from Alcatel-Lucent that will eventually allow their long-haul network to achieve speeds up to 100 Gbps. Unfortunately, this improvement only applies to businesses that use Qwest’s fiber-based long-haul network to connect data centers.

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the same article:

Qwest reports that Internet traffic doubles every 19 months and there is 43% more bandwidth consumption by users this year over last year. Qwest sees this purchase as preparation for these future demand increases.

So Qwest is planning for 100 Gbps and yesterday I reported that the other big providers are campaigning for lower speed definitions of broadband. What’s up?

I have to think that they’re all upgrading their networks. I’ve heard and read from folks who say – pretty much they’re all planning for and/or moving to fiber. (Mobile broadband might be the exception but I think that’s a completely different game.)

So why are we wasting our time creating goals that are so far out of that league? Are we buying time? Are we creating a policy that promotes a digital divide? Are we creating a policy that will be meaningless?

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

2 thoughts on “Qwest is Upgrading

  1. The low connectivity standards advocated by the telco/cable duopoly reflect the fact that their existing business models are built out to the extent the costs of those models permit.

    The sub-1 Mbs standard they prefer is really a throwaway stance and their way of saying we cannot economically serve new areas beyond our current footprints.

    These unserved and underserved areas will have to resort to self help and form telecommunications cooperatives and municipal fiber to the premises networks.

  2. Pingback: Comcast is offering big broadband in the Twin Cities « Blandin on Broadband

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