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Call it "3G" or "4G," America's wireless networks are still slow

Feb 15, 2011, 13:03 (4 Talkback[s])
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"If you've followed broadband discussions in Washington, DC, then you've heard that wireless is the future of communications. The National Broadband Plan offers wireless as the competitive solution to the broadband duopoly dilemma, and in the recently released White House Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, President Obama reiterated his State of the Union commitment to helping "extend next-generation wireless services to at least 98% of Americans."

"If you watch TV, you might think this is a good thing. The whole country is moving to 4G—next generation wireless—and according to some carriers, this is our chance to beat the world in broadband. For Obama, it's a chance to Win the Future.

"It will certainly help us win a future—but if this, as Obama said, is our "Sputnik moment," we are not reaching for the moon."

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