FTC Should Stop Verizon from Calling DSL “Broadband,” Walt Mossberg

By on 04/02/2008 10:32 PM @beet_tv

The FTC should stop Verizon from calling DSL "broadband," which Walt Mossberg calls "crap" and is not broadband by world standards.

Moreover, Walt says that higher connection rates provide by cable companies,  6-8 mps, often deliver at less than half of the advertised speed and are over priced.

At comments yesterday at the Beet.TV executive summit in Washington, the Wall Street Journal columnist said that that the United States is woefully behind the rest of the world in broadband connectivity and the next president needs to take action to fix it. 

In a more positive word about Verizon, Walt told me is is quite pleased with his home FIOS connection.

Some positive news tonight about Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, rolling out super fast residential broadband in St. Paul, Brad Stone of The New York Times reports

This is the second part of Walt’s remarks from yesterday’s summit at the Embassy of Finland.  Here’s the first piece.  See the nice post roll footage I shot of the cherry blossoms by the Washington Monument this morning.

WaltdinaWalt and Blip.tv’s Dina Kaplan

Here’s a photo of Walt with summit participant Dina Kaplan, co-founder of Blip.tv.  Dina is featured in the new issue of Fortune in a piece by David Kirkpatrick.  Disclosure:  Blip.tv  manages our video encoding and sponsorship sales.

— Andy Plesser

Update: April 5.  Looks like Walt’s comments about the imminent availability of the iPhone on a 3G network has created excitement among Apple watchers. Update April 7: Tom Krazit at CNET weighs in!

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