The USA maybe considered as one of the top super economies of the world. But even in such a market there are large chunk of population who are yet to enjoy true benefits of the internet world.
USA Communications regulator, FCC’s Chairman, Julius Genachowski has now asked the industry to not only make broadband available to the left out segment but to see to it that it is available is an easily adoptable and affordable way.
The Chairman expressed concern about 10% of the population having no access to broadband. He said that research show that 10% increase in broadband availability results into a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP.
"We believe that broadband is a critical infrastructure challenge of our generation. It is to us what railroads, electricity, highways, and telephones were to previous generations -- a platform for commerce and economic competitiveness, for helping address major national challenges like education and health care,” said the Chairman.
Observing that significant progress has already been made, Genachowski said a bipartisan effort by Congress and President Clinton in 1994 aimed at installing broadband in public schools has been successful in bringing the high-speed networking technology to the nation's school children. "Broadband can allow students everywhere -- both in rural America and inner cities -- to access
‘There is evidence that farmers can earn more, while consumers pay less, as a result of broadband-driven efficiencies," he said. He said that information delivered over broadband could help farmers crops, buy feed, sell products and find weather information.
"Broadband has immense power to improve the quality of lives of our citizens in innumerable ways, whether it's our troops serving in Iraq or a family living in Little Rock," concluded Genachowski.