a m e r i c a ’ s P l a n c H a P t e r 1 7 17.4 concLUsIon College in Barnesville, Georgia, to speak at the dedication ofIn 1938, President Roosevelt travelled to Gordon Military a local utility. “Electricity is a modern necessity of life, not a This plan is premised on the potential of broadband to improve luxury,” the President told the audience, “That necessity ought lives today and for generations. to be found in every village, in every home and on every farm in But broadband alone will not solve America’s problems. It every part of the wide United States.”47 cannot guarantee that the United States will lead the world He added, “Six years ago, in 1932, there was such talk about in the 21st century. It cannot promise that the U.S. and other the more widespread and the cheaper use of electricity.” But nations will conquer crippling inequality. It cannot ensure that words did not matter until the country, “reduced that talk to the U.S. bestows the best job, education, health care, public practical results.”48 safety and government services on every American. Broadband, too, is a modern necessity of life, not a luxury. It Broadband is a critical prerequisite, though, to solu- ought to be found in every village, in every home and on every tions to many of America’s problems. It can open up ways farm in every part of the United States. for American innovators and entrepreneurs to reassert U.S. There has long been talk of the widespread and affordable leadership in some areas and extend it in others. It can un- use of broadband. This plan is a transition from simple chatter lock doors of opportunity long closed by geography, income to the difficult but achievable reality of implementation. It is and race. It can enable education beyond the classroom, a call to action for governments, businesses and non-profits to health care beyond the clinic and participation beyond the replace rhetoric with targeted, challenging actions. town square. It is time again to reduce talk to practical results. 3 3 8 F e d e r a l c o m m u n i c a t i o n s c o m m i s s i o n | w w w . b r o a d b a n d . g o v
The new reader is still in beta!
(c) 2013 Tizra. All Rights reserved.