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Friday, 30th January 2009

A Plan to Extend Super-Fast Broadband Connections to All Americans

A Plan to Extend Super-Fast Broadband Connections to All Americans
Source: Century Foundation

Few doubt that broadband communications are increasingly vital to our social and economic well-being. The universal availability of affordable high-speed access to the Internet has become essential not only for business, but also for public safety, research, education, health care, and protecting the environment. Broadband communications are the future, yet the U.S. government has no national broadband policy, and does not treat broadband as a form of infrastructure and does not regard broadband as an "essential"service. The U.S. currently lags behind other nations both in terms of connection speeds and the number of citizens who have access to broadband. In spite of this, the U.S. the market for broadband services is largely deregulated, under the theory that the marketplace will provide the optimal level of broadband in response to customer demand. In this paper, part of the Building a Strong America series, John Windhausen Jr. discusses how the United States can create policy that recognizes the creation of and access to broadband service as a vital infrastructure issue.

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