Zephyr Teachout pitches more broadband as part of a new New Deal.
Author David Cay Johnston won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on U.S. tax policy. But in his just released book, The Fine Print, Johnston falls woefully short of that standard in his attempt to critique the state of broadband in the U.S.
The president is to be applauded for his commitment to strengthening our broadband infrastructure, and for taking action to make broadband infrastructure a bit easier to build.
Competition in the U.S. broadband market is virtually nonexistent. That means that millions of Americans live without high-speed Internet access, and those who do have it experience slower speeds and higher prices than their European counterparts.
Though Obama singled out children as particularly in need of access to the Internet, he could also have pointed to the economic, geographic and racial dimensions of the digital divide.
Things are going so well for AT&T that it can spend $2 billion each quarter simply to buy back stock and boost its stock price.