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Obama's Plans for Mobile Broadband for Everyone

Earlier this week, U.S. President Obama gave his State of the Union speech, which was enhanced with slides for the first time ever.

While many topics were touched upon and lofty goals were set (quite a number of which won't even be near realized even if Obama serves another term), the ones that caught our eye had to do with technology.

The USA is vast, and its population is spread out. Unlike a nation like Japan or Korea, covering an entire country with a similar level of internet and wireless service is a considerably more difficult undertaking. (Canada faces the same challenges, but the vast majority of its population lives in the southern part of the country.

Obama set the goal to blanket 98 percent of the U.S. population with high-speed wireless coverage. He did not specify if this would be done through investments from AT&T, Verizon, or other carriers, nor did he reveal how many G's this wireless coverage would have. He did say:

"Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater Internet access than we do."

"Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn't just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It's about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It's about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor."

Check out Gizmodo for a pretty good choice of clippings from Obama's speech. One that we particularly liked was:

"We need to teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair."

  • gekko668
    Sound great and all but i'm more concern about net neutrality. No point of having fast connection if you have trotting everywhere.
  • g00fysmiley
    wasn't this what the whole freeing up the old tv bands for mobile/internet use was about
  • Onus
    Ok, it's a great idea. Now...

    At whose expense?
    By what right?

  • loomis86
    No mission to mars? No moon base?
  • Bolbi
    I'm glad President Obama recognized that our education system is largely failing, but I wish he hadn't emphasized the math and science so much. How many times did he repeat the "math and science" line? Too many for me. I know they're important, but the educational system has been failing on history and English for a long time as well. We need writers just as much as IT pros.
  • sirmorluk
    jtt283Ok, it's a great idea. Now...At whose expense?By what right?//TILT//
  • TunaSoda
    Translation: Please vote for me
  • ansar
    Bah, that statement is too vague. Don't we already have 3G coverage hitting 98% of the U.S. population?
  • azconnie
    Barrack Obama "What must a president do to secure a second term?"
    Michelle Obama, "Instead ask yourself, what would Carl Marx do?"

    Joe Biden "1000 memebers of the Rebublican empire will descend upon you!"

    Barrack Obama "We will stand, and give it all away!"

    Glen Beck "America, tonight we dine, In the soup kitchen (with free wifi)!"

    I am sorry for that, I just had to. For the record I am an independant (not the party, i just make up my own mind myself).
  • george21546
    Didn't President Clinton promise that?