March 16, 2010-TechNet Statement on National Broadband Plan
Washington, DC – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today applauded the national broadband plan unveiled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The following is a statement by TechNet President and CEO Rey Ramsey on the plan:
“This roadmap for broadband can truly represent the “North Star” for future American innovation leadership. The flagship part of the plan according to reports will be setting a goal of having 100 million U.S. households with broadband at speeds of 100 megabits per second by 2020. Speed matters as it can help unleash a host of American ingenuity to create new businesses and industries. I am proud to say that the visionary CEO leaders of TechNet called for this type of national blueprint and 100×100 goal roughly eight years ago because they know that digital infrastructure matters to bold economic growth.
“The FCC deserves credit for the extraordinary public process implemented to develop this plan. They have solicited an unprecedented amount of feedback from all stakeholders in the debate. Most importantly, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and his team smartly determined that this plan should be openly transparent and data driven, not ideologically driven. That is both smart policy and good politics as we need the best ideas from all political stripes and interests. The bottom line is that we need to ensure this plan fundamentally address the three “A’s” of broadband: That means we need to make broadband more affordable; more available; and finally adopted to help bring transformative economic and education opportunities, just to name a few.
“Simply put, wider adoption of broadband is one of the best fiscal stimulus policies we can make as a nation as new industries, companies and jobs are created as a result. Similar to the development of the Interstate highway system that took decades and helped facilitate trillions of economic activity, this plan to foster the power of broadband can set us on the same course. With quality adoption of this plan, broadband can be our nation¿s best weapon to connect us to tremendous economic opportunity.”
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. Our members are the nation’s drivers of innovation in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, clean technology, biotechnology, venture capital and investment banking – representing two million employees and $800 billion in revenues. TechNet has offices in Washington, DC, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston, Austin, and Albany, NY. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Twitter at Technetupdate@twitter.