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Broadband - The essential infrastructure of the 21st century

May 18, 2011

This is a story about capitalism, competition, dynamism and innovation in what is arguably the most important industry of the 21st century.

The United States is where the Internet was born. But we’re falling behind in the race to the online future. Most of us go online these days using a service that’s called broadband – faster than old-fashioned dial-up, and always on. But broadband service in the U.S. lags behind a dozen or more industrialized countries – and we’re doing worse every year. Need to Know correspondent Rick Karr traveled to the U.K. and the Netherlands – with support from the Ford Foundation and in collaboration with the website Engadget – to find out how these two countries have jumped ahead of us online. This is a story about capitalism, competition, dynamism and innovation in what is arguably the most important industry of the 21st century. Old-fashioned American values, right? Then why are we being left so far behind?

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