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

An illuminating vision of the next information revolution, centered on fiber optic infrastructure


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Book Information

Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 264
ISBN-13: 9780300228502
ISBN-10: 0300228503
Language: English

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January 11, 2019

Susan Crawford's new book makes the case that upgrading American homes to fiber optic cable connections is not only a business and economic imperative, but a critical social justice issue as well. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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.

About the Author

Susan Crawford is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She lives in New York City.

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