APPLE COFOUNDER Steve Wozniak said he likes Australia's national broadband plan so much that he has applied for citizenship.
Wozniak is well known for his love of technology both at the grassroots and at a high level and he seemed so pleased with Australia's plan for a national broadband network that he wants to become a citizen. Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review that not only has told the country's communications minister Stephen Conroy about his support for a national broadband plan but that he was already "underway to become an Australian citizen".
According to Wozniak, "I spoke to [Conroy] and they plan to roll it out to everyone in the country. I support [the national broadband plan] very much. It's one of the reasons why I actually like this country and want to become a citizen. I live in a country where we don't have any regulation of telecommunications."
Wozniak then told the 4BC radio station, "It turns out I can keep my American citizenship. I intend to call myself an Australian and feel an Australian, and study the history and become as much of a real citizen here as I can."
The Woz said he doesn't have a broadband connection in the United States and classed the options available to him as a monopoly. He said, "There's only one set of wires to be on and I'm not going to pull strings to get them to do something special for me." While those words might seem hollow coming from most billionaires, Wozniak queued up outside the Apple store in Brisbane to buy his Iphone 5 just like every other customer.
While Wozniak might be using poor internet connectivity options as a rationale for seeking dual citizenship, his comments highlight the unfortunate plight of many Americans faced with the need to obtain a broadband internet connection. µ