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Issues

The following list of issues being addressed by the major U.S. political parties in 2016 comes from the ProCon.org web. What should we add to this list?

Political

Power: who has it?

Crime & Justice
Racial profiling

Race
Criminal justice system

Guns / Second Amendment
Gun Control
Militarization of police

Military & War on Terror
Drone strikes
Size of the military budget

Foreign Policy
Is China a threat?
War on Terror

Elections
Citizens United / Campaign Finance
Which voting system?

Labor & Wages
Federal minimum wage
Unions


Economics

Money: Who has it?

Economy & Taxes
Income inequality
Wealth inequality
Federal tax increase


Social

Education
Tuition-free colleges & universities
Charter schools

Sex & Gender
Gay marriage

Drugs
Recreational marijuana
Opioids

Immigration
Fence/Wall along US-Mexico border
Refugees


Technological

Science & Environment
Climate change

Energy
Fracking
Wind, Water, Solar (non-carbon alternatives)

Internet
Internet of Things
Driverless cars

For almost the last decade, the best a US household could buy was the telephone company’s DSL downstream bandwidth of 3 Mbps. In South Korea, the current world-wide leader in bandwidth to the home, they get 12 Mbps.

Below are the OECD (Org of Economically Developed Countries) Broadband Portal‘s statistics for September 2010. I could not find more recent data that included all three of our countries. My suspicion is that the U.S. ranks a little higher now. Click the graphs to enlarge.

Average advertised broadband download speed,
by country, kbit/s
oecd broadband stats the U.S. companies aren’t offering much bandwidth, on average, compared to companies in other countries. Well, perhaps in those other countries they pay a whole lot more.
price for low-bandwidth access OECD low bw Internet users in other developed countries pay about what Internet users in the U.S. pay for the low-bandwidth access that U.S. consumers can get. But most of the foreigner are choosing the high-bandwidth access, of course, so how much are they paying for that?
price for high-bandwidth access OECD high bw Using Japan as an example, you can see on the top chart Japan’s average advertised broadband download speed is about 80 Mbps and the U.S.’s 14 Mbps. On the center graph for connections below 2.5, which is what you are getting at home, as opposed to what Medaille gets coming onto campus for the whole campus, Japan $24 and U.S. $26, about the same. For the high-bandwidth connections, Japan $31, a little higher than the low-bandwidth. For the U.S., $122, about four times higher, and it’s not offered to the home.

The Internet of things

The internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices“), buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Wikipedia’s Internet of Things

video: What is The Internet of Things?

video: The Internet of Everything is the New Economy

IBM Smarter Planet’s Internet of Things