Sir Tim Burners Lee is one of the most influential men in human history.

Why — well on December 25, 1990 he invented, a little thing called, the World Wide Web (the Web). And over its 22 years — the Web has connected 2,267,233,742 people on planet Earth.

With the ultimate goal of connecting the entire World’s population which stand at 6,840,507,003.

the crowdThe Web is an incubator for ideas. These are ideas that have evolved into businesses, movements and new work processes. The Web has allowed companies such as the World Wide Fund, the Daily Crowdsource and NineSigma to not only explore an idea but build a business that provides invaluable services and products.

Yes, businesses do benefit greatly from the Web as do individuals and families. But the choke point for anyone accessing the Web is the connection or broadband network. Without a good connection to the Web your ability to effectively use it — is significantly reduced.

The U.S. — who has 239, 893, 600 Americans using the Web — understands this issue better than anyone else. Over the past few years the FCC has been working on The National Broadband Plan: Connecting America, which aims to connect every American to the Web.

“Building a nationwide broadband network will strengthen our economy and put more Americans back to work,” said President Obama. “By connecting every corner of our country to the digital age, we can help our businesses become more competitive, our students become more informed and our citizens become more engaged.” — from press release

This nationwide broadband network is being called the US Ignite Broadband Initiative. And on June 14th, the President signed the Executive Order.

Why is this such an important National goal — jobs!

The Web is a fertile workplace. And over the past few users remote work and crowdsourcing have flourished due to access to the Web. Now, just imagine a company such as Unilever being able to solicit 10s, of thousands (or millions) of Americans for microtasks, macrotasks and contests. Not only does Unilever gain a massive on demand workforce — but you has a temporary worker is being compensated for your time.

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So what are your thoughts on a strong national broadband plan?

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