The White House is placing a bet on broadband internet access across the country by easing its installation on federal land. Instead of having this construction managed by a hodgepodge of agencies, the recently signed law will universalize the development of networks and make it more efficient.
"Building a nationwide broadband network will strengthen our economy and put more Americans back to work," President Obama said. "By connecting every corner of our country to the digital age, we can help our businesses become more competitive, our students become more informed and our citizens more engaged."
One frequently mentioned benefit of such a network is the improved access for communication-easing technology such as internet conferencing. The emerging network could help bring a new phase of internet connectivity, according to Talking Points Memo.
One possible application for improved internet connectivity is in the medical arena. Tom Kalil, deputy director for Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said he believes that the infrastructure could greatly improve high-def video conferencing and 3D imagery of a patient's beating heart. Upgraded versions of these crucial services could have a revolutionary effect on how we use the web.
With more companies, individuals and political organizations using these services in new and valuable ways, the importance of having an infrastructure to support them becomes even more crucial.