Apple co-founder Wozniak says U.S. broadband plan won't happen

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that there will never be a viable U.S. National Broadband Plan and that he's even talked to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski about it.

Speaking in Australia, where a National Broadband Plan is a source of hope and controversy, Wozniak said that he is "really negative" about a similar plan happening in the U.S. "I don't think it will ever happen and I've spoken to the chairman of the FCC about these complaints."

Wozniak said he is especially annoyed because he can't receive broadband service, since he is "a kilometer out of town and up the hill. I find it very frustrating because when I was growing up there was a (telecommunications) monopoly and regulations said if you're a monopoly in a geographic area, you have to run a phone line to every house. Now there is a monopoly for broadband but (the company) doesn't have any requirement to run broadband to everybody. You're stuck."

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