- Eye Opening
- Insider's Take
Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford likens fiber to electricity. If every home hadn’t connected to the electric grid last century, the United States would be poorer and weaker today. US leaders took charge back then, but have failed to enable the 21st-century equivalent of electricity – fast fiber – to reach every home. Certain US cities – Chattanooga, Tennessee, for example – built their own fiber networks despite resistance from entrenched monopolies and their bought-and-paid-for politicians. Meanwhile, rural Americans and the urban poor have little or no internet access, and the United States lags other developed nations in crucial technology and its applications.
About the Author
Susan Crawford served as President Barack Obama’s special assistant on science, technology and innovation policy. She teaches law at Harvard University.