Broadband Access For All U.S. Citizens by 2020
Matt | On 16, Mar 2010
I thought this was an interesting piece of info when I came across it on the BBC. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently unveiled it’s “broadband plan” to give all U.S. residents high-speed Internet by 2020. This plan has had the strong backing of the tech industry for years.
My first thought was, “Well, I thought everyone had high-speed access?” Of course not! In 2010, nearly one-third of Americans (100 million) are without access to high-speed Internet. I live in a major city where I can call a cable provider or the phone company and get access. But, there are people that live in rural or under-served areas that have no access to high-speed Internet. Many have to use dial-up services, if they are even available. And let’s not bring wireless into the picture. You can almost forget it in certain places – especially since you need high-speed access to make wireless happen.
So, why do we need this? It’s very simple. In the 21st century, our citizens cannot be competitive in the global market without Internet access. The FCC, rightfully so, says that the Internet is changing education, healthcare, job creation, and quality of life. Very true. How else are we going to get those 100 million people reading Prune Juice Media?!?!
This plan does NOT give away free Internet access. It simply makes the option available, much like electricity, water, or gas. You have the OPTION of buying the service because it’s available in your area. The FCC is trying to step up the game the same way for the Internet too.