The Internet. Economy Grower, Industry Disruptor, Democracy Builder…Complete Disaster?


America’s broadband networks reach 95 percent of Americans, making the Internet the fastest growing technology in history. But some people seem desperate to insist that it’s more like a rickety, broken down car than history’s greatest technology. While slinging mud is sure to generate headlines, the fact is the explosion of America’s broadband networks has revolutionized business, education, and entertainment. Internet speeds have increased by more than 3,000 times, we’re connected practically anywhere thanks to hundreds of thousands of cable Wi-Fi hotspots, and today’s networks carry 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day. Will the Internet continue to get better? Absolutely. Is America really a broadband backwater? Absolutely not. Some favorite “best of how doomed America is” headlines: Why Human Beings and the Internet Suck America has terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Internet service The Internet is F#%@ed Of course we disagree. We know that innovators all over the U.S. — from Silicon Valley to Silicon Beach, from Boston to Austin - have launched the world’s most innovative digital products using America’s broadband platform. The proof is in the pudding. So, if America’s broadband is so bad…