When it comes to high speed internet, the lights are still off in one third of our households … for millions of Americans, the railway hasn’t showed up yet.”
~President Barack Obama
We’ll lead off with video of President Barack Obama’s speech at Northern Michigan University in Marquette on February 10, 2011. Thanks Cat Chat TV for the great video!
Railroads, Power Lines … and WiFi?
The New York Times has a nice report on the President’s proposal to implement high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans within five years. They also have an answer to the question of why Marquette and Northern Michigan University.
Mr. Obama chose Marquette, a city of about 21,000 on Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, because Northern Michigan University has worked on ways to expand wireless access for students and the surrounding areas. For more than a decade, the university has given a new laptop to every incoming student.
The university has also joined up with business to build what Mr. Obama called â€œa high-speed, next-generation wireless network,â€ and worked with nearby towns to expand the network by retrofitting their cell towers with new equipment.
Get the full text of the White House release explaining the details of the plan from NMU.