Following through on a proposal he debuted during his State of the Union speech, President Obama plans to outline his "national wireless initiative" during a Thursday appearance in Marquette, Mich. Obama called for extending the next generation of wireless service -- presumably a reference to 4G, or 4th generation technology -- to 98 percent of the country over the next five years. "This isn't just about a faster Internet and fewer dropped calls," the president said during his address to Congress. "It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age."
While the president is bullish about the prospects for making 4G available to most Americans, increasing broadband adoption and access are other matters. The Federal Communications Commission is seeking to tackle those goals in a national strategy that calls for expanding broadband's reach from about two-thirds of U.S. citizens today to 90 percent or more over the next decade.