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This Week
February 25, 2005

This week on NOW:

The information revolution is making high-speed Internet access an essential element of success in America, but there’s a growing divide between the techno-haves and have-nots that’s keeping some poorer neighborhoods, schools, and businesses in the digital dark. NOW goes inside the battle for high-speed Internet in two communities where local governments want to build their own systems to provide affordable access to underserved neighborhoods, but are being challenged by the telecom giants that want to maintain their dominance in local markets.

NOW regular contributor and former Governor of Maine Angus King saw the future of jobs in America and figured out how to prepare his state’s middle school students by getting them laptop computers. But what will the jobs of the future be and should the government play a part in preparing the workforce? “If we don't know what the new jobs are going to be, there is, it seems to me, two things we can say for sure,” King says. “Whatever they are, it's going to require more education and more technology.” David Brancaccio gets King’s perspective on the role government in providing the technology and training to succeed in the job market of the future.

In Depth


Debating High-Speed Internet Access

Maine's Laptop Program

Circuit Board
Former Maine Governor Angus King

Digital Divide Resources

Educational Technology Resource Map

Satellite dish
Media Consolidation on NOW

Community Action Ideas


Talk back on the message boards.


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The Philadelphia Experiment (16:28)

Former Maine Governor Angus King (6:41)


The Philadelphia Experiment
Producer: William Brangham
Editor: Kathi Black

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