Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution-and Why America Might Miss It

Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution-and Why America Might Miss It

by Susan Crawford


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The world of fiber optic connections reaching neighborhoods, homes, and businesses will represent as great a change from what came before as the advent of electricity. The virtually unlimited amounts of data we’ll be able to send and receive through fiber optic connections will enable a degree of virtual presence that will radically transform health care, education, urban administration and services, agriculture, retail sales, and offices. Yet all of those transformations will pale compared with the innovations and new industries that we can’t even imagine today. In a fascinating account combining policy expertise and compelling on-the-ground reporting, Susan Crawford reveals how the giant corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward. And she shows how a few cities and towns are fighting monopoly power to bring the next technological revolution to their communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300228502
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,287,959
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She served as special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy in 2009. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Fiber Future 1

2 Transmitting Light 18

3 Why U.S. Internet Access Is Awful 37

4 Community Stories 67

5 Sustaining Economic Growth 81

6 Education and Fiber 97

7 Health and Fiber 117

8 Inequality and Fiber 135

9 Lessons from American Communities 158

10 What Stands in the Way? 171

11 The Need for Federal Policy 198

Notes 215

Index 245

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