Why Hasn’t President Obama Been Encouraged To Advocate A Special National Technology Plan: A Telephone Fiber-optics Program?

Dec 31, 2011 by

Mr. Obama


Richard Pan, panrc3@gmail.com in New York, United States of America
www.educationviews.org online publication, December 31, 2011

President Obama ought to propose a National Fiber-optic Program, which replaces the nation’s aging copper telephone wire stringing the nation’s telephone poles, with high-bandwidth fiber-optic cable, which retains voice telephony while allowing the modern era of around the world Internet information and dialogue. The direct rewards of improved technology standards should be nothing short of amazing: provide medical consultations for people living in rural areas or who are unable to travel to a hospital, raise standards for high-quality commerce, stimulate and improve business and quality of life, enable responsible polling and safe, wide constituency-based video-conferencing from home, and without debate, earn high consistent marks from parents for improved education standards everywhere in the United States.

Technically, at present in the United States, only a few city regions have access to “fiberoptic” cable going direct to individual homes, though “standard” cable is available at sufficient bandwidth for voice telephone and video-conferencing services acceptable to most home users. Even a casual user of home cable Internet may conclude higher bandwidth allows superior
information access which can be expected to win among technology choices for coming decades at most American homes. If the certainty of commercial viability of high-bandwidth in the United States is high, our national government may have a special opportunity and obligation to help direct powerful market forces. The Federal government is given both national charter and political resources for regulating so special a plan which respects established businesses while advocating fair markets, competitive business, technology standards, and quality control.

Equally important as the prospects of technology rewards, are the innumerable economic consequences of such a National Fiber-optic Telecommunications Program. A Program which “re-strings” the nation’s telephone poles with ultra high-capacity, modern fiber-optic cable, going between every telephone pole in the United States, would create an incredible number of jobs and might serve as the backbone of sorely needed local, city, and state public works programs. Bond and Treasury note programs might be created the way the nation’s airports, hospitals, tolled highways, and hydroelectric utility programs gained necessary funding and
invaluable publicity, before a penny of revenue was earned. Allowing ready-to-use computers to sit next to traditional land-line desktop telephones also offers definite economic advantages: government endorsement of U.S. computers in large numbers, introduced into most American homes over a multi-decade period, would provide extremely desirable economic stability to volatile technology markets, much needed by many States with already committed business investments. The United States created the science and the technology which made fiber-optics and the Internet possible. Allowing the nation to draw a certain return on its basic science investment ought to meet with eager approval: an enormous number of jobs and sustained
businesses at a time of economic danger.

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