US Falling Behind in Broadband

Economic CatalystIn case you missed it this weekend, the New York Times ran a story about the state of the Internet in the US:

The United States, the country that invented the Internet, is falling dangerously behind in offering high-speed, affordable broadband service to businesses and consumers, according to technology experts and an array of recent studies.

In terms of Internet speed and cost, “ours seems completely out of whack with what we see in the rest of the world,” said Susan Crawford, a law professor at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, a former Obama administration technology adviser and a leading critic of American broadband.

This has been a long time coming.  About 20 years ago, I was overseeing a program that brought young German professionals to the States.  One of the main attractions for them was to experience the full power of the US Internet.  Within 5 years, the participants were complaining about the poor quality of Internet service in the States compared to Germany.  To state the obvious, this has serious long-term implications for US competitiveness.

The full story is here.

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