Remember when the study came out that most broadband connections in America weren’t really broadband? Well that might be a thing of the past after Obama just pledged to deliver high-speed connections to 98 per cent of Americans.
Here’s what the president had to say during his State of the Union speech:
“Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.”
Only one point of contention: FaceTime chats with my doctor? Sounds creepy. NO THANK YOU. (Also, what the hell is that thing in front of John Boehner?) [New York Times]