“This country needs a national goal for broadband technology, for the spread of broadband technology. We ought to have a universal, affordable access for broadband technology by the year 2007, and then we ought to make sure as soon as possible thereafter, consumers have got plenty of choices when it comes to purchasing the broadband carrier. See, the more choices there are, the more the price will go down. And the more the price goes down, the more users there will be. And the more users there will be, the more likely it is America will stay on the competitive edge of world trade.”
-- President George W. Bush, March 26, 2004
“I think we've met the goal.”
-- Acting NTIA Administrator Meredith Baker, November 2007
More detail and discussion here: http://www.benton.org/node/8538
I wonder if this is how Brits felt in the turn of the century after the Boer War? Actually, yes, if my research for my college thesis was correct.