This event is a must for anyone interested in America's future viability.
Fiber is a highly readable book about why our Internet speed and service is so terrible in America, and what must be done about it. In it, Crawford explains:
· why nations such as South Korea and Sweden have fiber internet access that makes their entire societies operate at a higher and more efficient level;
· why this access is not the norm in America and how that hurts almost everything we might try to do in education, health care, business, and more;
· which small towns and big cities in the U.S. have built their own fiber networks in order to offer amazing connectivity for all citizens for a fraction of the poor service most of us get from the big cable/internet providers
· how the cable companies have moved swiftly to make sure this DOESN’T happen again, working with 20+ state legislatures to develop laws prohibiting other cities and towns from doing the same and cutting into their market share
· why the Internet should be a public utility maintained by the government like electricity and highways and water. Only once this happens can we hope to have fair and excellent service for everyone.
Susan Crawford is a professor at Harvard Law School, a columnist for Wired.com, and an expert in the intersection of technology, government, and society.