it's hard to put an exact number on how many Americans
have no internet
coverage, there are still some regions of the country in which less
than 5 percent of the population has access to the internet.
Depending on how you define "high speed", over
80 million Americans, or about a quarter of the population, have
no access to the high speed broadband that the modern web relies on
so heavily.Interestingly, a public poll from the Pew
Institute indicates that the majority of Americans aren't very
concerned with pushing better coverage for these individuals.
The phone survey (which would only be conducted via landline phones) asked 2,252 adults (aged 18 and older) whether
expanding affordable broadband should be a top priority for the
government and 53 percent of those polled responded "No".In
total, 26 percent said the government should play no part in pushing
out high-speed internet; 27 percent indicated they didn't care if it
did, but that it was "not too important"; 30 percent said
it was important, and 11 percent said it should be
a top priority. The
poll, which can be found here,
also offered other interesting results -- for example, growth in
internet use among African Americans is outpacing that of white
Americans.Aaron Smith, author of the Pew Internet Project's
"A debate has arisen about the role of government in stepping in
to ensure availability to high-speed Internet access for all
Americans. The majority think not, and the surprise is that
non-users are the least inclined to think government has a role in
the spread of broadband."The Federal Communications
Commission -- led by appointees of U.S. President Barack Obama -- has
made it clear that it thinks that broadband access should be
a top priority. It's in the process of deploying a scheme to
offer high-speed 100
Mbps internet to 100M U.S. homes and to extend cable
coverage to areas that currently cost to much to deploy to (according
to the telecommunication companies).If the recent poll is any
indication, the FCC's plan may prove unpopular. The
debate over internet coverage isn't just a U.S. one, though.
Internationally, the level of coverage, freedom of information,
neutrality are hotly debated issues. Finland recently
propelled the debate to the forefront when it legislated broadband
internet as an
essential human right.
quote: Newspapers are disappearing. Rural areas are already isolated from free TV in many areas.
quote: Since I imagine you oppose this, wouldn't it be far more responsible of you to allow elected officials to exercise their own judgment when elected, as the Constitution intended, as opposed to a ham fisted attempt to supplant it with mob rule when it suits your policy purposes?
quote: Well the majority of legal experts disagree with you on whether it's unconstitutional or not.
quote: Other than that, you seem to lack a basic understanding of the US constitution. It is a general statement of principles, and there are loads of things it does not mention that are appropriate exertions of federal power. The argument that you are trying to make, that if it's not explicitly mentioned in the constitution that the fed can't control it, is an absurdity. The constitution never mentions an air force, only an army and a navy. Does that mean that the air force is unconstitutional? Of course not.
quote: (this will require you to go to sources that aren't Free Republic or Fox News however.
quote: The Constitution never mentions an air force; it explicitly mentions an army and a navy, but nothing else. You may THINK it means a military, but that's not what it says.
quote: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A2Sec2
quote: Nice, now you're arguing against yourself. Obama's health care plan most certainly provides for the 'general welfare'.