Broad Minded

Friday, December 18, 2009


In just a couple of months, the Federal Communications Commission will introduce its long-awaited National Broadband Plan. Free Press policy director Ben Scott says that rewiring all of America for high-speed internet may be costly and politically unpalatable, but it must be done.

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VBass from New York

I feel like someone needs to call "On The Media" for doing such a poor job covering this subject. This wasn't an interview; it was a forum for "advocate" Ben Scott to read his press release on air while you coo at him.

So broadband is a human right because electricity and running water are? It's a false analogy that goes unquestioned. You never ask why the analogy is apt or what is so essential about broadband. Instead, here's the skeptical, thoughtful questioning we get: "[H]ave I played devil's advocate enough? Is there any argument I can make against this? I can't come up with one"

Seriously? Having broadband does not improve one's health or safety they way running water, electricity and sewerage systems do. Maybe the analogy isn't apt. So why not ask Ben the question straight up: tell us why is it an essential tool to modern life? Is it more so than say, health care, a college education, owning a car, because we don't have a human right to those?

I love my broadband. Don't get me wrong. But we shouldn't be so slavishly devoted to the tech agenda that we can't ask a few hard questions about it. Well...maybe you don't need to ask hard questions...but please try to come up with something better than "I can't come up with one."

Dec. 22 2009 04:37 PM

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