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How to Provide High-Speed Internet Access to All Americans

Telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford explains why Americans pay too much money for connectivity that’s too slow and offers potential solutions.

Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford believes the United States must offer ubiquitous, affordable, high-speed Internet to all Americans to secure its economic future. She has spent her career—which includes teaching, writing, and advising President Obama on science, technology, and innovation policy—formulating practical, detailed proposals to make this possible. She talked to MIT Technology Review business editor Elizabeth Woyke about the reasons why the U.S. lags other developed countries in Internet price and speed and how locally managed fiber networks could close this digital divide.