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Building a 21st Century Broadband Superhighway: A Concrete Build-out Plan to Bring High-Speed Fiber Connections to Every Community

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): New America Foundation

Author(s): Lennett Lennett; Sascha Meinrath

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Electronic data processing, transmission, and retrieval)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Telecommunications)

Keywords: Telecommunications policy; Broadband access; Wireless technology

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Broadband has become the essential input good for an increasing number of sectors of the economy and the society as a whole. We can no longer view broadband and the telecommunication infrastructures that facilitate high-speed connectivity as a luxury, but realize their import as a mission critical infrastructure. This requires a long-term approach, with sustained policy initiatives and government investment.