Friday, February 01, 2008

The road to America's transportation infrastructure future should be paved with fiber as well as asphalt

Rebuilding America's aging roads and highways should not involve only concrete and asphalt. Instead, the U.S. needs to install fiber optic cable to upgrade its weak broadband distribution system. Doing so takes more vehicles off roadways would allow more to work from home, which the Heritage Foundation's Ronald Utt suggested in an interview broadcast today on NPR's Marketplace:

RONALD UTT: We've been providing the public sector with all this tax revenue and what-not for roads, but we have not been getting new roads in return for it.

Utt says part of the long-term solution is to get a significant amount of commuters off the roads -- by allowing people to work from home or at least closer to home.

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