Over at Gizmodo, they're having a discussion about where you can find the best internet speeds in the nation. Tennessee is not great, but compared to other parts of the country, we're not doing too bad.
Still, not too bad may not be good enough. And who's going to fix it?
In an economy that is increasingly internet-driven, speed matters. It's nice to think that Google will eventually fiber-up the U.S. out of the goodness of its heart, but until useful internet is recognized as an essential public good — like highways, or electricity — the rich will just keep getting richer.
Still, one thing that struck me looking at these maps is the vast difference in speeds on our side of the border with North Carolina vs. their side of the border. It's remarkable that we're able to provide quicker internet service on one side of the mountains than they are on the other. But it makes the lack of fast internet in West Tennessee somewhat confusing. If we can get high-speed internet into the hills of Ron-Ramsey-stan, why can't we do the same over where it's flat?