Call it “3G” or “4G,” America’s wireless networks are still slow

“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

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

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