Technology (January 2010)

Aggressive moves planned on communications front

The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet had a full agenda in 2009, and we will continue to move at an aggressive pace during the second session of the 111th Congress to foster an environment that allows our nation to continue its leadership in technological innovation, expands broadband usage and increases the availability of new technological products and services to consumers and businesses. For these reasons, we will focus on:

Regulation threatens Internet vitality

As we look to broadband to reignite our economy, the last thing we need is a government takeover of the Internet. Yet the Federal Communications Commission is contemplating just that with a proposal to convert the general statement of Internet policy principles into regulations.

Broadband plan must be daring, comprehensive

As the nation continues to urge Washington to focus on job creation and economic growth, lawmakers need to realize that this is the time for bold action to close America’s growing digital divide. Technology innovations continue to push our nation forward, but there are far too many communities in America that lack access to advanced communications infrastructure and broadband Internet service. Without this vital access, many of these communities will be denied the economic and educational benefits associated with new technologies. Increasing investment in the infrastructure necessary to reach unserved communities is a critical component to the future economic growth of our nation.

America Recruits Act proposes incentives to put jobs on U.S. soil

One of the toughest economic lessons we have learned over the last two decades is that our nation can no longer rely on its traditional manufacturing sector to continue to create the jobs that drive our economy. We’ve seen countless numbers of factories — from textile mills in rural Virginia to automobile factories in urban Detroit — shut down and move overseas, taking advantage of cheaper labor while leaving millions of hardworking Americans unemployed.

U.S. needs a clear picture of wireless

If spectrum is the oxygen of the wireless world, then the wireless world is at risk of suffocation if the government does not act soon to address the United States’s looming spectrum shortage. Free high-definition television broadcasts, cellular phones, radios, GPS devices and satellite television services all use spectrum, yet it is the explosive growth of wireless broadband that is driving the increasing demand for more wireless capacity. 

Bandwidth capacity jeopardized amid boom in innovation, demand

Over 40 years ago, the Internet was invented in the United States. From its humble beginnings as a research project sponsored by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Project Agency, use of the Internet has exploded.