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

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Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

320 E 43rd St

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6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Program
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm Reception

What if we considered fast, affordable and ubiquitous Internet access to be a public good, like electricity or a highway system? What do we lose when private companies control such a critical industry with little public intervention?

Susan Crawford, Wired.com columnist and Harvard Law School professor, explores these issues in depth in her latest book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It.

A massive opportunity gap is opening between the US and countries in Asia and Northern Europe. In China, 66 percent of the population has affordable and unlimited access to data over fiber optic lines reaching homes and businesses. Only about 10 percent of Americans have fiber optic Internet access, and they pay enormous fees for it. Urban and rural communities don’t have the fiber optic lines necessary for this type of access. If America had this next generation of data capacity available over fiber optic lines, we would be the country inventing new jobs and new ways of making a living, and radically transforming health care, education, and every other form of human endeavor for the next century.

Fiber optics plus advanced wireless capability is as central to the next phase of human existence as electricity was a hundred years ago. Join us to hear Crawford in conversation with Manoush Zomorodi, host and creator of the podcast ZigZag, on the importance of ensuring that fiber reaches every home and business, and the potential consequences—to our economy, our society, and our democracy—if we fail to build on the vision of forward-thinking cities and towns across the US that are taking their digital future into their own hands.


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