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Obama Adviser Eyes Government-Built Broadband System

Susan Crawford, special assistant to the President Obama for science, technology and innovation policy and a member of the National Economic Council, said she is “intrigued” by the Australian model.

[Australian] Officials have released an historic government plan to spend tens of billions of dollars constructing a nationwide, state-of-the-art broadband network featuring speeds 100 times faster than today’s technology.

The new infrastructure would reach every citizen, delivering affordable connections at taxpayer-subsidized rates…

…Despite Crawford’s interest, skeptics abound.

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