Flatline wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 14:22: If we decided that internet was a national resource and that every single person in the country needed to have state of the art internet, we *could* do it in a generation, easily. It'd just take a lot of effort and a lot of money.
Rock on. I'll count on you to pony up the money necessary, then. Oh, wait... you meant someone else's money!
Every dime to create infrastructure comes out of someone's pocket, either through taxes or charges. You can tax some people to pay for someone else's infrastructure (the reason that this country is so messed up: the don't and won't dos are subsidized by the already have dones) or you can raise the prices to pay for the individual services that people receive.
No one is stopping you from having a dedicated fiber-optic line run from the local teleco directly to your mom's basement. They'd be happy to do it... so long as you are willing to pony up the cash. And there are a lot of people who would rather have cheap cable than fast internet speeds (otherwise the telecos would put the fiber in). But you'd rather take someone else's money and then spend it the way you want. How noble of you...