Fixing The U.S. Broadband Problem

With the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the United States has made a massive commitment to providing all Americans with ubiquitous and affordable broadband. Not only must the Federal Communications Commission issue a “National Broadband Plan” by next February, but the recovery act has committed over $7.2 billion in stimulus funds to help further the process.However, while promoting broadband to all Americans is a critical goal, we also all need to understand that even if we are 100% successful, we are unlikely to boost our rank–currently 15th–of per capita broadband penetration among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. While this result may surprise and disappoint some in Washington, our failure to increase our rank will not be because our efforts were flawed. Rather, our failure to increase our broadband rank will be squarely a consequence of the inherent flaws in the OECD metrics.To read this report from Forbes in full, see:

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