The Wikipedia definition is a bit sparse, but universal service is the idea the everyone should have access to telecommunications. Classically this idea has only been applied to basic telephone service, it’s why 99% of the United States has the ability to have a land line telephone.
This Slashdot discussion talks about the problems with broadband on America. The US is now 16th in the world in broadband use per capita. Other countries see the benefits of broadband why not the US? Broadband access is the new digital divide. And the US as a country is on the wrong side of it.
Note: Now that I’m back in the LIS world full force, I’m trying to get back to more of way I started this blog, to comment on things librarianish. (is that a word?) 🙂 Look for more of these type of posts in the future.