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May 14, 2014


Bud Byrd

Nothing is more important in “digitization of the economy” than providing the infrastructure that allows digitized information to travel freely, at speed from its creator to its user. While information is created in many ways, currently packaged and placed before the end-user in a myriad of ways, the real future of information creation and usage depends on maximizing the capabilities of the network technology that connects us all ...the Internet.

In America, the full potential of digitization to the economy is stifled by the lack of bandwidth and data transmission speed. Without intervention by the government, it appears that companies that provide the physical network facilities will do little to improve their networks to meet the demands of all content providers and users. The telecommunications companies (telephone, cable, satellite, et al) seem to prefer to limit the supply of infrastructure and to place tolls on usage that will favor the wealthy content providers and users.

This approach is counterproductive and out of synch with the world's best-in-class networked countries. Partitioning of the network (a finite bandwidth resource) into premium lanes for the well heeled with the remainder of bandwidth left to the multitudes will do much to make the United States a third world networking country.

If we are to reap the full benefits of the “digitization of the economy,” Americans must demand that business, industry and government come together to provide a full measure of world class Internet connectivity. Anything less is unacceptable.

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