How politics hinder the build-out of fast broadband in America are intrinsically connected which force lawmakers to consider between faster broadband and giving up their livelihoods to go back home come the next election. Observing the holistic nature of how our politics work blatantly denotes the coziness of lawmakers and special interest, combining to favor re-election over the greater public need. As incumbent politics dictate, who wins and losses in America becomes entangled in Gigabit broadband vs. a losing political strategy.
“In an echo of the broadband argument rumbling in the UK, Clinton believes the US needs to invest in fast, universal broadband throughout the country.”
Politics: Re-Election vs. Broadband
Therefore it is not such a leap to understand why legislators would allow the U.S. to lag behind smaller countries in fast broadband speeds and access. Our current politics, or political process, dictate donations from special interest groups. As industries become larger they move to make strategic donations to campaign re-election funds. Each lawmaker, congressional or senatorial, solicits and accept contributions from business sectors to further their re-election chances. The largest contributors receive the best opportunity to see favorable legislation affecting their industry. Lobbyists regularly visit with legislators to ensure their agendas are heard and protected.
Politics Aside: Genachowski Promotes Fast Broadband
Since Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski is not tied to re-election as a regulator of telecommunications policy; he can be unbiased about the need for fast broadband in the U.S. The need for campaign donations become irrelevant allowing a true observation of the public need for broadband on the Gigabit level, similar to Korea, Japan and others. This observation connects directly with economic growth in the U.S. along with real job creation. He realizes the future relies on an Internet-based economic system that could propel America back to a top capitalist power.
“In our 21st century economy, innovation leadership is necessary for economic leadership. Our broadband infrastructure is our central platform for innovation, and faster speeds will spur innovation.”
How Politics and History Combine to Eliminate Broadband Economics
If history and politics have taught us anything over the years it is that economic mistakes come full circle. As with John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil; Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and U.S. Steel monopolies were created limiting competition, innovation, and investment in the marketplace. The result was creation of the Sherman Antitrust Act to eliminate those economic abuses.
America is on the cusp of creating broadband monopolies which use politics to undermine competitive forces and hinder in any chances of fast broadband for the masses. Until politics are removed from business influence there will be no broadband economic reality in America. The opposite will be the norm where less innovation through a lack of competition rules our economic progress.
The answer may lie in campaign election law reform, disconnecting the tie of special interest and lawmakers as a needed tool for being re-elected. This is especially critical in the business sector where political contributions have become no more than bribes for favorable legislation.