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Your Call: Why is the US lagging behind when it comes to Internet speed and affordability?

Nov 17, 2014

 On the November 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the United States’ Internet infrastructure. It ranks 29th in speed worldwide and we pay 38 times what the Japanese pay. Why is the Internet in the US so slow? What is the cost of creating a fast Internet infrastructure, and what benefits would it provide? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Guests:

David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and author of  “The Fine Print” and editor of the new anthology “Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality.”

Christopher Mitchell, policy director at Next Century Cities and director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis 

Zach Friend, chairman of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

Web Resources:

Al Jazeera America: Comcast’s costly package

Community Broadband Networks: Christopher Mitchell's blog

The Guardian: Chattanooga's Gig: how one city's super-fast internet is driving a tech boom

Next Century Cities: consortium of 32 cities, with the mission of making 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband available to any community in the United States.

Washington Post: 7 Colorado communities just secured the right to build their own broadband

NY Times: Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability

Wired: It’s Time to Fix the Pitifully Slow, Expensive Internet Access in the U.S.