Broadband: If You Build It, Will They Come?

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High-speed Internet connections promise a whole new way of life: instant movies, kitchens that think, even "smart toilets" that examine bodily waste. Hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable are now in place, but promoters insist that the "last mile" required for universal hook-up is being stymied by too much government regulation. That Broadband could bring the US out of the current recession is a hot topic in Congress and in business. But are tax-breaks and subsidies needed or has the promise of Broadband gone unfilled because consumers don't want it? We ask get answers from telecommunications specialists on both sides of the debate.
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Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

Transcript of bin Laden Tape

Center for Digital Democracy

Federal Communications Commission

Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001(HR 1542)

Progress and Freedom Foundation

The Yankee Group




Warren Olney