Fresh off pitching his plan to make community college “free,” president obama will head to Obama on Wednesday to Cedar Falls, Iowa to pitch is plan for expanded access to “affordable” high-speed internet access. As for writing, no plans or cost estimates have been released.
According to the Des Moines Register, he will call for making more high-speed Internet more “affordable” (where have we heard that before?):
On Wednesday, Obama will fly in to give a speech proposing new steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country, a white house official told The Des Moines Register on Saturday morning.
“Further details on the president’s travel to Iowa will be available in the coming days,” the official said.
Sources told the Register that Cedar Falls Utilities will host the event at 2 p.m.
Cedar Falls is Iowa’s only gigabit city, which means the highest-speed fiber, with capacity up to 1 gigabit per second, is laid directly to homes and businesses – the gold standard of Internet communications.
Ironically, the reaction on Twitter was one of skepticism.
President Obama’s “free” community college proposal is expected to cost taxpayers $60 billion over 10 years and The Weekly Standard has estimated as much as $34 billion a year. There is no price tag yet for this plan.
And the new ideas could be coming at a good time. AT&T said in November that it would hold off on a wide deployment of gigabit until until net neutrality issues are resolved.
Meanwhile, interest in high-speed Internet is picking up in certain pockets of the country. San Francisco Internet service provider Monkeybrains just raised money through an Indiegogo campaign to bring gigabit Internet to San Francisco residents.
Imagine that: private sector companies and charities are already doing this without a government edict or a new federal program.
—Courtesy of IJ Review