The Goal: Provide nationwide access to high-speed Internet.
The Industries Want: Telecommunications lobbying groups have requested tax breaks and grants.
Pros: Wide range of jobs created, from digging ditches to designing networks.
Cons: Private efforts to provide free wireless access in cities and smaller municipalities, including Arlington, have failed after costs ballooned.
By the Numbers:
15th: The United States' ranking for broadband access out of 30 nations by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. (South Korea ranked first.)
6-8 million American homes without access
57 percent of American households have broadband access, according to the ITIF rankings