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The world of fiber optic connections reaching neighborhoods, homes, and businesses will represent as great a change from what came before as the advent of electricity. The virtually unlimited amounts of data we'll be able to send and receive through fiber‑optic connections will enable a degree of virtual presence that will radically transform health care, education, urban administration and services, agriculture, retail sales, and offices. Yet all of those transformations will pale in comparison to the innovations and new industries that we can't even imagine today. In a fascinating account combining policy expertise with compelling on‑the‑ground reporting, Susan Crawford reveals how the giant corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward. And she shows how a few cities and towns are fighting monopoly power to bring the next technological revolution to their communities.

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Susan Crawford

Susan grew up in Miami, Florida, where she spent her childhood summers reading mysteries in a hammock strung between two Banyan trees, and collecting lizards, baby skunks and other odd, exotic creatures.

She later moved to New York City and then to Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three amazing daughters and to teach in various adult education settings. A member of The Atlanta Writers Club and The Village Writers Group, Susan is now a full-time author and is a member of her local planning commission. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and a trio of rescue cats, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

The Pocket Wife is Susan's debut novel. Represented by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, it was published in March, 2015, by Morrow-Harper Collins and by Faber & Faber in England. Booklist describes The Pocket Wife as "a gripping, character-driven mystery."

The Other Widow, Susan's second suspense novel, also represented by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, was published in April, 2016, by Morrow-Harper Collins and will be published by Faber & Faber in England. Of The Other Widow and Susan Crawford, Jackie K. Cooper of The Huffington Post says, "gets better with every book she produces." Visit her webpage at susancrawfordnovelist.com.

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