Broadband Everywhere

One of the things that separates the haves from the have-nots these days is fast internet access and America is lagging behind many of our rivals in connectivity speeds.  Luckily states are recognizing that broadband can give their residents a competitive edge and many are working to address the issue.

 

Public libraries have known about this problem for awhile, especially those in rural areas, but more help is coming.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also ease the problem (click on your state), and some states like New Hampshire are already making their plans available to citizens and they are including public libraries in their plans.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also working on the problem, so with luck, within the next few years we’ll have equitable access across the country and the US will resume its role as a well connected nation.

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2 Responses to Broadband Everywhere

  1. Michael S. Hart says:

    Comment left by Justine w/ Michael’s permission –

    Everywhere I go in the world people have bandwidth in excess of ours and at cheaper prices.

    I wonder if you should mention the historical part that goes with being the first into a field…thus the last to leave it…if you know what I mean.

    Because the U.S. was first to do up such telephone wiring on such an extensive basis, we were hooked, and couldn’t leave it when the time came.

    Much like with our steel mills, railroads, etc.

    Presuming you are familiar with that stuff.

    i.e. we bombed out all the Japanese steel mills or German steel mills and then helped build new ones, all without building any new ones of our own.

    Same with railroads and all other industries.

    So they made better and cheaper steel, electronics and so on, built bullet trains, while we continued to have at least one major train wrect a day on an antiquated rail system.

  2. Justine Shaffner says:

    Re internet speeds in libraries, see
    Study: Public libraries challenged to meet patron needs for high-speed Internet access at http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/may2009/orsbandwith.cfm

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