Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan for helping Americans access better broadband speeds. According to the White House, U.S. cities lag behind major cities across the World offering faster broadband speeds. In his announcement, Obama highlights one small city in Iowa, however, that has managed to provide its residents with fast broadband speeds competitive with other major cities around the World. The people of Cedar Falls, Iowa formed their own public network, which is now operating like a public utility offering high-speed broadband at reasonable costs. President Obama is calling for more cities to join Cedar Falls in taking steps to offer what the White House is calling “Better Broadband.” The president released a Fact Sheet of his plan and will talk about it in greater detail during the State of the Union address next week.

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Sade Oshinubi is an independent policy professional focusing on information and communications technology. She has extensive FCC experience as she served as an FCC Honors Attorney and completed multiple FCC internships while in school. Sade also worked in the information and communications technology industry while in school. She received her JD and MS in Telecommunications [Management] from Indiana University and her BS in Journalism from Georgia Southern University. Contact: @SadeOshinubi ; [email protected]

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