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Broadband is Key to Obama's Recovery Plan

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Speaking today in his weekly radio address, President-elect Barack Obama listed upgrades to the information superhighway as one of the essentials of his economic recovery plan. Decrying our nation’s rank as 15th when it comes to broadband adoption (he’s using OCED numbers), Obama seems willing to make the investment to get everyone in our nation surfing the web at broadband speeds (even if you can get away with calling 768 kbps broadband).

Given my feelings that government needs to get involved in broadband, I’m thrilled to hear his recognition that a fast Internet for everyone is essential for our nation’s competitiveness. But before we expect a huge revision in broadband rankings, we’ll have to see how he plans to do this and how various interest groups fight against his efforts. Below is Obama’s speech, which also includes plans for making federal building more energy efficient and a big push for electronic medical records. Between broadband access and medical records, I’m thinking Intel and Google are going to love this administration.

16 Responses to “Broadband is Key to Obama's Recovery Plan”

  1. I’ve been working on educaional broadband innititives for a little over a year now.No question were behind in the world of wireless broadband, bringing these technologies into our schools is just smart business, Software companies, And applications developers, would have incentive to create interactive Internet, intranet, nation wide, international educational platformes. To make learning fun apps, like game developers break out with new ways to play and learn gaming. Great innitive MR.Obama, this should gain real traction with everyone, espsilly with the educational community. Kobe Wadsworth Director Airmaxed

  2. Heather,

    I respectfully disagree. Broadband WILL HELP SINGLE PARENTS by allowing them to work from home. So many of the jobs in our economy CAN and are being re-thought to support work at home. Insurance processing, call centers, etc.

    As you say, it can also help the rest of the family as well.

  3. Intel and Google should love this administration?

    Hmm, who do you think made campaign contributions to advised Obama during his run to the White House? It certainly wasn’t G. Gordon Liddy…

    Reed Hundt is, I’m sure, happy as a pig in mud.

  4. Heather Kennedy

    I honestly can’t stand hearing a blanket approach to this issue. Equality of access would be nice, in that broadband would be there and free or reasonably priced if/when you needed it.

    I lived in Philly for 7 years. Broadband isn’t going to help the murder rate. Broadband isn’t going to help the mother who has to cart her kids back and forth to daycare on the 23 bus. It’s not that I don’t want this to happen, I just get a sinking feeling that it’ll be done without respect to the actual needs of communities.

    Next year, if my oldest doesn’t get into the charter in town, we’ll be enrolling her in a cyber charter. That is the kind of broadband access/use that moves me. Well, we already have the computers and the Comcast, but I wonder how many of the other families in my town, who don’t already have internet and computer access at home even know that that is an option?

  5. Welcome to the new era of government largesse.

    This is not a “recovery plan.” It is the rapid expansion of government citing using the poor economy as an excuse. Like the “New Deal” and the “Great Depression”…this will not solve our current economic troubles. The market economy, if allowed to function, will.

    I wonder if he will suggest a windfall profits tax on Google to fund it all since the oil idea isn’t too hot anymore. “Brilliant!”