Now at Broadband Strategy Week, my interview with the Broadband Strategy Initiative’s Steven Rosenberg:
Steve Rosenberg, Manager of Infrastructure for the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative, talks about understanding the gaps in broadband coverage, and what it would take financially to close those gaps. He oversees the creation of the model.
Rough question summary:
1:18 Q: You map this by geography, and what else?
1:58 Q: It sounds like the first recourse when you discover a gap is to see if the current infrastructure can cover the gap?
3:14 Q: Let me put this most cynically way possible. We could recast this as you saying that you’re identifying the infrastructure providers who have failed to cover the gaps, and then rewarding them by enabling them to do that which they did not find economically viable or socially important enough to do. It sounds like this works against introducing new forms of infrastructure.
6:44 Q: You say the current infrastructure providers haven’t failed, it just wasn’t profitable. The cynical response is that it wasn’t profitable enough, so they red-lined…They somehow first managed to provide access to communities that could pay the most. So the social aim of providing broadband access was sacrificed…
9:24 Q: Does your data correlate access to density and not to socio-economic properties?
10:33 Q: Are you seeing any other clustering of data around the gaps…?
12:00 Q: Your mapping is separate from the somewhat controversial project that the NTIA is doing, right?
13:50 Q: Where is your data coming from?
15:25 Q: Since some of the controversy revolves around the reliability of mapping data provided by the infrastructure providers, what sort of commercial data sources are you using, and how wary are you about the data coming from the infrastructure providers themselves?
v18:36 Q: Another way to mitigate the dangers would be to make the data public before the report comes out.
19:47 Q: If you posted relatively dirty data, announcing it as not fully reliable, might generate such interesting contrasting analyses that might in the open government sort of way might affect your analysis. Any way to bug you on this?
21:40 Q: But you then run the risk of people going to the now-published data and coming back with different results than you did…
22:40 Q: The open gov’t response is that publishing the data in the rawest form possible enables people to do their own models based upon their assumptions. It would enable the broad community of all people, commercial to non-commercial, to make their own models and raise assumptions that you might have missed…
23:40 Q: Let’s talk about the financial modeling you’re doing…
26:50 Q: It sounds incredibly difficult. How many people do you have working on this?
27:50 Q: Will this model have value after the report is done and outside of the FCC?