by Rosario Lizana
Chilean bloggers are concerned about the opportunities that broadband can bring to our development. Alex Lagos (ES) , writes on his blog:
One week ago, La Nación published an article about broadband in Chile. The real thing is that we have been hearing about this issue for a while and Im still surprised by the ISPs that operate in Chile. It is a fact that they dont follow through with what they promote in advertisements. They give connections of 128 kb, while "broadband" and the international standard is that these connections range between 1.5 to 2.0 Mbits. They also slow velocity depending on traffic (it is a way of trying to control traffic on a network of computers to optimize and guarantee the function but could be used to limit the amount of traffic from one point to other).
Regarding the issue, bloggers have been posting their various personal troubles about the connection, the velocity and the issue of companies misrepresenting the technical realities of broadband. Some examples include Yukei (ES), Huasonic(ES) and FawerWayer (ES).
Luis Ramirez (ES) , posts an interview by a newspaper, but also adds more details about the broadband issue. He describes it as social broadband, and analyses the possibilities and implication for the communication enterprises and government. One point of view is that the government takes a more enterprising roll again in regulating broadband access from private companies to the citizens, as he explains:
Considering the pace of technological evolution, is seems to make more sense if the government signs contracts with private enterprises that are the best internet suppliers, instead of making big investments in a specific technology that in two or three years can become obsolete, like the evolution of internet access from modem, to Wi-Fi and now WiMax
About this issue, Atina Chile (ES) , today begins a mobilization to ask the government for low priced broadband for all. They have made a manifesto:
Because the moment is now.
Because broadband is not a technical problem, is a social one.
Because it is synonymous with opportunities and development.
Chile can make a headway.
It can be a big- league player on the global stage.
Chile has the talent to create value to through its raw materials, but also to by making itself a global hub for technology, services, and the creating of industrial culture.
They also explain their plan. The idea is to meet at the Ciudadania Park, just in front the government house, called La Moneda this Saturday and in a peaceful manifestation, read the manifesto.
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