Saturday, June 28, 2008


FRANK DAVIES, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS A broad coalition of Internet business leaders, online gurus, community organizers and advocates across the political spectrum launched a campaign T\ with the lofty goal of universal high-speed Internet service. . .

At a news conference in New York, the group warned that the United States is falling behind European and Asian nations with Internet access that is more limited, more expensive and slower. U.S. users pay an average of $53 a month for high- speed service, compared with $32 in Germany and $33 in Britain, according to one international survey.

The campaign includes Vint Cerf, Internet "evangelist" for Google; Stanford University Professor Lawrence Lessig; Zipcar founder Robin Chase; venture capital leader Brad Burnham; and Van Jones, community organizer and president of the green- economy group Green for All, based in Oakland.

Groups backing the coalition range from the ACLU and the Progressive States Network to David All, a conservative online activist, said many rural voters who lean to the GOP don't have broadband, "so it's common sense to me why Republicans want to support the Internet." Organizers concede that while the presidential candidates have spoken in favor of greater high-speed access, the issue doesn't lend itself to stump speeches. Dozens of bills in Congress have languished that would provide subsidies and other investments to get Internet service providers to extend and improve coverage. The coalition will hold forums around the country and try to build support for plans that improve access, choice and innovation.


At June 30, 2008 6:29 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

Internet comglomerates: "Sure! We'll give you universal internet access. All we need is exclusivity on access and we own the content. Sounds good to us!"


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