Like, umm an information superhighway?

Like, umm an information superhighway?.

“That's what broadband technology is. It means we'll open the highways of knowledge — new highways of knowledge.”

President George W. Bush, March 26, 2004

You'd think he would at least give Al Gore credit for the metaphor.

Bush's call in the speech for universal broadband by 2007 has gotten press attention, but not the second half of his sentence:

“We ought to have a universal, affordable access for broadband technology by the year 2007, and then we ought to make sure as soon as possible thereafter, consumers have got plenty of choices when it comes to purchasing the broadband carrier.”

The good news is that Bush acknowledges that only with competition will broadband be affordable and a platform for innovation.  The bad news is that he's for monopoly broadband by a date-certain three years from now, and competitive broadband “as soon as possible.”  Why do I suspect his administration will do more to achieve the first goal than the second one?

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