President Obama was in Marquette today, at Northern Michigan University. The President spoke of the need for high-speed internet in rural areas of northern Michigan and throughout the United States.
Mr. Obama says today, only 65 percent of American households have high-speed internet, lagging behind other countries.
"We want to invest in the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage for 98 percent of Americans," he says. "This isn't just about faster internet or being able to find a friend on Facebook. It's about connecting every corner of America to the digital age."
Mr. Obama compared the need for high-speed internet expansion today to past expansions of railroad and electric lines.
"It's about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama, where farmers can monitor weather across the state and market across the globe," he says.
"It's about an entrepreneur on Main Street with an idea she wants to sell to the big city. It's about every young person who no longer has to leave his home town to seek opportunity because opportunity is right there at his or her fingertips."