information week this is something i've mentioned at least twice before, and i thought IW did a decent job reporting it. the article goes on about why the telecoms aren't building these networks (even though we paid for them through taxation). what we need is the gov't to do what japan's and korea's are doing -- and that's treating broadband access a public utility. the gov't should build the lines -- everywhere -- and let private companies pay for access and compete for service and price. it makes no sense for AT&T and verizon to build their own lines, to only a portion of the US, and be able to operate them as a monopoly.