The Great Connecting To Publish June 11

great connectingJune 11 will usher the publication of Jim Cashel’s new book The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband, and How That Changes Everything.

The book is available for pre-order at any independent bookstore or on Amazon.

From the cover:

What happens when affordable broadband finally reaches the half of the planet that has little or no Internet access? Google, Facebook, SpaceX, and many others have major initiatives underway to connect the rest of the planet over the next few years. For the first time, even the poorest and most remote of global citizens will have access to information, communications, identity authentication, government programs, global philanthropy, online banking, telehealth, distance education, and other powerful services heretofore impossible. In The Great Connecting, Jim Cashel speaks with the major players driving the broadband revolution and travels to the most remote corners of the globe to consider the changes in our world about to take place ― certainly one of the biggest events in human history. As Cashel explains, the expansion of broadband offers many challenges but will also bring a remarkable opportunity for the planet.

Advance commentary on The Great Connecting:

Jim Cashel has identified our position on the precipice of potentially one of the great turning points of history. Almost half the world’s population has never known the ability to connect with the other half and with each other. The result will change lives, economies, and existing social structures. Cashel describes how connections have consequences, and he explores both the promise and peril that accompany connecting three billion people living in societies built around the absence of such connections. The Great Connecting is a must read for those who want to get ahead of this transformation curve.

—Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and author of From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future

Communications technologies are reshaping the planet—but we haven’t seen anything yet. Three billion new internet users changes everything . . . and this wonderful book captures that change in a very human way.

—Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO, Internews

Jim Cashel explores a truly consequential moment in history through a compelling interweaving of narrative, travel notes, and policy recommendations. As both a technologist and a physician, Cashel leads us from the tech campuses of Silicon Valley to the refugee camps of South- east Asia. I highly recommend you join him on this readable exploration of The Great Connecting.

—Nicco Mele, Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

The book is available for pre-order at any independent bookstore or on Amazon.