We invented the Internet here in the United States and the rest of the world is benefiting while we slip further and further behind.
Many of you will be shocked to learn just how far we’re lagging behind here in America. It’s kind of scary. Think you have a fast Internet connection? Maybe you do. But if you lived in the Netherlands it would be 20x faster and cost half as much.
This video from PBS explores the public/private partnerships and policies that are working in the EU and contrasts them with what’s going on (or not going on) here in the United States.
We need to do something about this right now!
For the same reasons it was necessary to build the Interstate Highway System and the U.S. Cable Television System, it is now vitally important that we build America’s information infrastructure. Our economy, our security, and our relevance as a nation depends on information. We cannot afford not to participate.
I have already personally written a letter on this subject to President Obama. I urge you to get educated, and let your representatives in Congress know that this issue is important to you.
There are a lot of people in the U.S. who need work right now. There are entire cities, in economic ruin (e.g. Detroit). America should go to work building the future and the future is cheap and accessible fiber across America.
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Then: 40-acres and a mule
Now: A computer and ready access to affordable broadband