As 2010 draws to a close, I’m reminded of how sorely inadequate our available Internet infrastructure / bandwidth capacity is in much if not most of the United States. Instead of fiber optic connections with mind blowing data capacities, many of our communities struggle to provide marginally “high speed DSL” for many homes. In some parts of the New England states, dial-up Internet service is still all that is available – even in schools!


When our extended family travels together on holiday, the seven of us can show up with four laptops, three iPhones, two iPads, an iPod Touch and a Wii game system which streams Netflix. The available “free wifi” connection provided by most hotels or condos in the United States is not prepared for the onslaught of bandwidth consumption which these devices can unleash. Of course, vacation should be about much more than consuming as well as publishing media content on our screens, but we do (and are) using our connected media devices when we are away from home as we’ve grown used to doing at home.

What are our government leaders doing to remedy this digital connectivity divide? Not much as far as I can tell. This is a big problem, as well as a major annoyance depending on your location.

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