Looking Past the Broadband Investment

It’s only been a few weeks since Congress set aside $7 billion and change in the economic stimulus plan to build out high-speed broadband networks, but some policy wonks are already looking forward to how the U.S. should spend future investments on broadband.

Current broadband speeds won’t cut it in the future, says a report released Thursday morning by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a tech industry-funded think tank, on “The Need for Speed: The Importance of Next-Generation Broadband Networks.”

The report makes the case for why it would be good economically and socially for America to have ubiquitous higher-speed broadband. It defines next-generation broadband speeds as anything that gives users download speeds of at least 20 megabits per second and upload speeds of 10 Mbps or more.

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