Thanks for Ann Higgins for sending me an article on the universities’ plan for fixing broadband situation in the US and the stimulus plan.
Right now the stimulus funding requires grants to go out this summer for projects that stimulate broadband deployment, (the economy and jobs). There’s also a mandate to have the FCC work on a national broadband plan – but that won’t be done for a while. So that’s a little like sending my husband to the grocery store before I have a menu for diner, which I have done with varying degrees of success.
Here’s the recommendation in a nutshell:
A National Broadband Strategy should begin with America’s colleges and universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, public libraries, hospitals, clinics, and the state, regional and national research and education networks that connect them and extend to reach government agencies, agricultural extension sites, and community centers across the nation.
Their reasons are compelling. I think that academia has brought good things to technology in the past – and vice versa. I just wish that someone else had made the plea – it seems less authentic somehow coming from academia itself.