Fixing the US’s fraying Internet infrastructure

In our industrial and information society, our daily lives depend on things we take for granted: electricity, fresh water, communications and our road system.The infrastructure underlying each has a limited useful life and is designed to meet the expected demand when deployed. But demand changes, and without proper planning and investment all infrastructure will eventually fail.Americans are serious about infrastructure if California voter support for recent water, transportation and school bonds is any indication. In the same way that levees and bridges need to be safe and reliable, our communications networks need to handle our growing Internet traffic. Imagine a day without phone or Internet service, and then imagine a week without them during a crisis.

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