Here's a completely ridiculous notion that I was thinking last night while looking over the "red states" vs. "blue states"... It would seem there's a direct correlation between "deep red" states and lack of access to broadband Internet speeds...
I found a map by county: http://goo.gl/UdjmN (the overlap is... impressive)
How much of this election was won online? How many of the folks without access to the Internet would be otherwise persuaded to make a more informed decision if they consumed more data online? Do you think access to high speed Internet (enabling research & providing access to higher amounts of information/opinion) sways perception and keeps citizens more connected to one another? Do civil rights issues receive more push-back from places with limited access to high-speed Internet?
I'd love to see a study around this. My assumption is, the less you know, the more ignorant you are, and the Internet - even with it's ridiculous amount of trolls - is a utility far more powerful than any other medium to enable informed opinions; and also promotes a better "world view" of our fellow neighbors.