Eliot Spitzer's Digital Platform

The New York Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful wants affordable broadband for all Empire State residents

The debate over whether the U.S. is falling behind in the Internet has grown increasingly feverish in recent years. Much of the attention has been focused on the country's ranking in broadband Internet availability and penetration. As recently as 2001, the U.S. ranked fourth in the world in terms of the percentage of households with broadband Net access. But in the years since then, it has tumbled sharply, losing ground to Japan, Korea, and Sweden. As of December, the U.S. ranked 12th, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development.

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