Wanted: A National Broadband Policy

The goal must be universal, high-speed Web access, and governmentsboth federal and statehave crucial roles to play

Judging by the BusinessWeek best sellers this summer, one might conclude that our nation is in serious trouble. Fareed Zakaria describes a "post-American world," Thomas Friedman explains why we desperately "need a green revolution," and Regina Hertzlinger wonders: "Who killed health care?" Certainly, the U.S. faces unprecedented challenges maintaining its global leadership in a world that is increasingly educated, innovative, and able. Not surprisingly, American competitiveness is front and center on the campaign trail.

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