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ISBN: PB: 9780300251777

ISBN: HB: 9780300228502

Yale University Press

May 2020

264 pp.

21.6x14 cm



The Coming Tech Revolution - and Why America Might Miss It

An illuminating vision of the next information revolution, centered on a fiber-optic infrastructure The world of 5G, the next generation of telecommunication technology, will be as different from what came before as the world after the advent of electricity. The massive amounts of data we'll be able to stream through fiber-optic connections will enable a degree of virtual presence that will radically transform health care, education, urban administration and services, agriculture, retail sales, and offices. Yet all of those transformations will pale in comparison to the innovations that we can't even imagine today. In a fascinating account combining legal expertise with compelling on-the-ground reporting, Susan Crawford reveals how the giant corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward. And she shows how a few cities and towns are fighting monopoly power to bring the next technological revolution to their communities.

About the Author

Susan Crawford is visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard's Kennedy School. She has been blogging and publishing articles about telecommunications and the future of the Internet since 2003. She has served on the ICANN board of directors and was a Special Assistant to President Obama for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. She lives in Manhattan.