Federal Bill Would Require Internet Tubes Installed Under New Highways

A bill introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) would require empty conduit laid beneath new roadbeds for future installation of fiber optic data cable. Basically, the internet in a series of tubes. Ted Stevens was right?

The measure dubbed the "Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2009" would be an addition to the infrastructure spending included in the economic stimulus package from February and would require conduit to be installed underneath roadbed to carry fiber optic lines in the future. The measure is considered an effort at saving cost and headaches for drivers, as the FCC is developing a plan to pull the US out of its 15th place standing in the world of broadband connections, and would inevitably mean digging up roadway and laying down new fiber optic cable to handle the data volumes. These fiber optic conduits, or "tubes," are something you can just dump something on, like asphalt, and they'd most likely be installed by a big truck. [Wired]