A 56K modem just doesn’t cut it anymore

Tortoise and the hare

While writing this column from my home town in Hilo, Hawaii is refreshing, the lack of broadband isn’t – it sometimes takes a few minutes just to download a single web page. DSL isn’t even available. Which leads me to fiber optics…

If being stuck with a 56K modem has already made me miss publishing a daily story, how many opportunities is a small town with a struggling economy missing each day? Then again, how much is a big city missing by not having fiber optics? That’s why we’re working with companies like Corning to make sure everyone can compete on a common playing field, or at least give the most innovative, community-minded ones the early advantage!

For municipalities who believe the tortoise wins the race, that’s a fairy tale.

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