Three years ago, the state completed one of the nation's largest public investments in a fiber optic network— installing hundreds of miles of cables to secure fire and police communications, spur economic development and lead to faster, cheaper Internet. Today, much of that potential remains unlit, like a 21st-century highway to nowhere.
As you move through the ordinary activities of your everyday life, you're leaving an electronic trail rich in data about your whereabouts, your interests and your relationships. That's information of keen interest — and not only to marketers. As recent revelations about two National Security Agency surveillance programs show, at least some of those digital details are being collected and analyzed by the government.