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Universal Broadband Plan Calls for $44 billion in Spending – China Passes US in Total Broadband Subscribers – US Broadband Penetration Grows to 92.4% among Active Internet Users – December 2008 Bandwidth Report

President-elect Obama is calling for a massive $850 billion or more economic stimulus package to jump start the US economy and rebuild neglected infrastructure. As part of this plan the Obama administration has pledged to deploy next-generation broadband to every community in America. What the new administration has not offered is more specifics on their plan to achieve broadband for all. The Free Press has put forth a $44 billion plan to achieve universal broadband availability for the United States.

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US Drops to 19th in Broadband Penetration Worldwide – US Broadband Penetration Jumps to 91.5% among Active Internet Users – September 2008 Bandwidth Report

Over the past two quarters (Q1 2008 to Q2 2008) US broadband penetration among the general population dropped from 17th to 19th overall among all countries surveyed worldwide. As of the second quarter of 2008, Monaco leads all countries surveyed with 40.63% of the population on broadband and 100% of households (see Figures 1 & 2), according to Point Topic.

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