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6/27/2013 | 8:39:46 PM
re: Why U.S. Must Invest In Internet-Connected Infrastructure
I'm always wary of the argument that "we need to invest in X so our companies can become world leaders in providing X ..." We should invest tax and private dollars to build, say, a smarter electrical grid that's more responsive to demand shifts if that grid will save companies money, burn less greenhouse gas, make industries more globally competitive, etc. I think a lot of smart infrastructure ideas have strong potential for that. But if a key piece of public-spending rationale is bolstering an industry where those kind of ROI factors aren't obvious, government is playing the role of venture investor that it tends not to do well.


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