Keeping Up With Tasmania

Yesterday I wrote about the dearth of bandwidth in rural areas in the U.S.  This morning’s NYT has a short piece on progress in Tasmania, where a push is underway to provide, at government expense, bandwidth at 100 Mbps to all 500,000 citizens.  My friend Larry Smarr is quoted:

The Australian government, according to Mr. Smarr, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, sees the “importance of broadband as part of a nation-building exercise, unlike this country.”

Go Tasmania!

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