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  •  Nice note from Tom Allen's office on broadband (4+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately, the United States recently slipped to 12th place among industrialized countries in terms of broadband access.  The nations outranking us make more public investment in broadband and new modes of communications.  As with many of the great public works of the 20th century (interstate highway, universal telephone service, air travel), universal broadband will necessitate significant investment by the federal government.  

    I serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over telecommunications and the Internet.  
    One of my top priorities is to ensure that every Maine home and business has access to affordable broadband Internet service.  
    Policies that will help promote broadband in rural and underserved communities include expanding of the universal service program, encouraging wireless broadband technologies and affordable community-based Internet options, and providing a broadband tax credit for companies that deploy broadband in rural and underserved parts of America.  I will work with my colleagues on the committee to advance these legislative goals.

    The fetus is the property of the entire society-- Nicolae Ceausescu

    by JayAckroyd on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 08:33:27 AM PDT

    •  Nice note from Tom Allen's office on broadband (1+ / 0-)
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      If you want to see people use broadband, then how about requiring everyone to accept online payment for bills  while prohibiting banks from charging for online billing (the progressive banks already offer it for free).

      That would make broadband more attractive.  Of course, some people think that people steal everything you send over the internet so there will always be people who won't even touch a computer.

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