FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke at the FCC Spectrum Summit making some key points, I think.
"We hold this summit at a critical time. Our economy is struggling. People are hurting. The number of Americans living in poverty is the highest in recorded history. More than half of U.S. households have someone who is unemployed at some point in the past year. At the same time, we face increasing global competition. Newsweek recently ran a cover story ranking the best countries in the world. The not-so-funny punch line -- We're #11."
"As President Obama said last week, to create jobs today and lay the foundation for economic growth and U.S. competitiveness in the future, "We need ... a smart system of infrastructure equal to the needs of the 21st century." History confirms the benefits of smart infrastructure policies - from the Erie Canal in the 1820s to the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s to rural electrification in the 1930s to the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. Smart infrastructure policies not only sustain commerce, they strengthen our communities. As
President Eisenhower said, "Together, the uniting forces of our communication and
transportation systems are dynamic elements in the very name we bear -- United States. Without them, we would be a mere alliance of many separate parts." In today's world, that connecting and uniting force is broadband. And communications technologies in general - and broadband in particular - are key parts of a successful economic engine for the 21st century. This sector represents about one-six of our economy; it is key to the American dream, key to a bright future for the United States and for all of our people."
He said more but the key points are that Broadband is now a Utility,a lever that we need to reach our economic goals.
We compete globally for every job, every project, every patent. A kid with a laptop and Internet connection in any country in the world is on equal footing to win a project on guru.com. The world is flat and we are getting steamrolled.