Uncommon Wisdom

Jan 5 2010   2:45PM GMT

UK looks at making broadband a basic right

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

The UK may be getting ready to do what many believe should be done here in the U.S. as part of the FCC’s national broadband strategy: making Internet broadband a basic right. The notion is highly controversial, given the possible cost of creating true universal broadband, and the lack of a definition of what it should be. There are also a lot of political pressures in the U.S. that arise out of conservative angst over many of the attributes of the Internet. We think that the trend in Europe is in the “right” direction though, and that will likely influence the FCC.

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