- In February the Korean government announced that it would build an internet infrastructure capable of providing most of the population with 1 gigabyte per second speeds.
- The ITU, the OECD and other international organizations have long ago concluded that broadband internet is a critical infrastructure for development and for advanced economies.
- Telecom companies vying for $7.2 billion in broadband funds included in President Obama's economic stimulus plan urged regulators not to mandate a super-fast Internet speed as a criterion for winning the money.
Broadband internet service today is what plain old telephone service was a few decades back. If the U.S. government does not establish goals for the provision of internet service at modern, competitive speeds, who will? From the sound of today's discussions in the U.S., it will certainly not be the telecommunications companies.