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.
In the next weeks, we'll be fighting to protect the rights of communities to determine how they'll access information in the 21st century. We can't let corporations and their politician friends hijack our right to build better broadband.
There is a group of people who are challenged by a fundamental problem: lack of access to the Internet in their homes, coupled with the inability to engage in our information economy since they lack basic digital literacy skills.
At precisely 12:34 a.m. on Friday morning, the Egyptian government apparently shut down Internet access not just from but into Egypt. That is, Egypt didn't lose Internet access: the Internet lost Egypt.
I am all for thoughtful discussion -- even over compromise -- but the messages that 'net neutrality' groups are sending to the FCC read more like 'it's my way or the highway' than 'let's work together.'
Those who govern us have satellite antennas in their homes, broadband, open Internet, iPhones full of applications, while we -- the citizens -- trip over screens that say "this service is not available in your country."
Those who are suddenly jobless lose the connections that are so vital to fighting their way back into the workforce. Internet access could help eliminate or at least alleviate many of those challenges.