Companies, not government, must spread broadband

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Friday, June 10, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is among commentaries written by students in the Washington Seminar program at Janesville Parker High School. The seminar is for students in the advanced placement U.S. government course taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Underserved and not served are the citizens who need to be reached with broadband Internet access.

A goal to be able to reach 95 percent of Americans in rural areas is not farfetched. The time, energy and money just need to be put into it. An idea can seem impossible, but with wired and wireless technology, it is just the money and manpower holding back on the idea of connecting all of America.

“Internet is not for accurate news but news in itself,” said Logan Churchwell a part of Accuracy in Media (AIM). The problem is whether or not there is enough demand for the broadband that will result in a profit after it is built.

The expansion of broadband Internet needs to be privately funded. Internet companies and cellular phone service providers need to be the ones behind the broadband project. Those companies will profit when the service is national. The government should not be funding this project.

The Internet will change the way business is done in rural America or in cities with fewer than 20,000 residents. My research has shown that residents of rural areas may not put a priority on the Internet, which I have concluded in my interviews with AIM’s Churchwell and Jennifer Tatel, a legal advisor in the Federal Communications Commission.

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