Fresh Air: Why The US Lags Behind On High-Speed Internet

on Thursday, Feb. 6th

The fight between telecommunications companies in the United States and the Federal Communications Commission over the power to do away with net neutrality is concealing a grimmer fact: the US is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to high-speed Internet.

In a wide ranging discussion with Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies law professor Susan Crawford author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the Gilded Age explains why Internet service in the States is so bad, and the long term repercussions for the nation:

What’s at stake is whether the new jobs, new ideas, new services of the 21st century will come from the United States or they’ll come from Stockholm, Seoul, Beijing, where there are kids already playing in the virtual sandboxes of these very high capacity networks. They take them for granted over there the same way we take for granted electricity. It’s a real risk to the country not to be the place where new ideas come from. That’s always been our advantage as an entrepreneurial, individualistic society.

Read more highlights, or listen to the whole interview, NPR’s All Tech Considered.

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