Melodramatic title aside, the envisioned future of an entirely broadband linked United States may be in jeopardy. An article in Forbes titled, “Broadband Growth Narrows In U.S.” states, “[a]fter years of double-digit growth, the rate at which Americans are switching to high-speed broadband Internet connections is slowing considerably and could slow further.” A study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development performed in December 2004 found that only 13 out of 100 residents in the U.S. subscribed to broadband Internet. This year, that number grew at a “statistically insignificant” rate according to John B. Horrigan, research director of the Pew Internet Project.

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