Originally published: June 14, 2012
Last updated: June 14, 2012 - 6:17pm
[Commentary] Internet access in the U.S. is lousy. So the Obama Administration announced "US Ignite," which is supposedly a strategy to make the Internet "100 times faster" by developing a one-gigabit network backbone between cities and universities. That's nice, but the government is frosting a plate without a cake on it. The broadband crisis in the U.S. is about slow, expensive connections in the "last mile" to people's homes, not about backbone capacity and 3D medical imaging. The government could do something about that, but it won't. US Ignite is all smoke and no fire. Until the Obama administration decides to enforce competition in broadband, our Internet connections will continue to be expensive and slow.
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