More than four and a half years ago I wrote a research paper for a law school class. The topic was the weak state of broadband in the United States. If you want to read about the intricacies of Supreme Court decisions, FCC rulings, and industry deregulation, here it is (266k PDF): Broadband: Why America is Stuck in 1.0.
I’m reminded of that paper because of a New York Times article that shines some light on the atrocious state of broadband in Idaho. The most revealing bit is actually a map that shows residential Internet download speeds across the nation. While Idaho is at the bottom, the rest of the country still fares poorly.
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