Two books on the broadband battle: what happened already and what must happen next

by Andy Oram

I've recently read two books that deal with the corner we've painted ourselves into in the United States, so far as spreading Internet access goes. Michael Bookey's America at the Internet Crossroads lays out a strategy for going forward by treating the Internet as a public good, while Fred Goldstein's The Great Telecom Meltdown fills in a technical, economic, and legal history that can bolster the arguments of those who want to be part of the policy debate.