Technology (May 2010)

Parity important in affordable, quality access

The United States today stands 16th among developed nations in broadband usage, and for the benefit of our national economy and quality of life, we must do better.

Bipartisanship key for the future of space program

While we are encouraged the president showed a willingness to make some changes to his proposal for NASA during his visit to Florida, members of Congress from both parties still have concerns. 

Broadband access in rural locations is a chief priority

When I was first elected to Congress in 1992, the Internet was still in its infancy. America Online was one year old, the White House did not have a website and Americans dialed for access to the Internet and paid by the minute. 

Why broadband matters

During the past decade, our nation has witnessed a remarkable flood of Internet content, applications, and services that only a few years ago were surely unimaginable.

For Internet access, keep free-market ways

At our recent broadband hearing, a witness from satellite company WildBlue opened with Will Rogers’ observation that “[i]t isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”

US must remain the global leader in exploring space

The president acknowledged recently his initial proposal to alter NASA’s mission was dead on arrival in Congress.  Unfortunately, his new vision isn’t much better.

Crisis of purpose for America’s space program

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

These words from Proverbs are inscribed on the wall of the main hearing room of the House Science and Technology Committee, on which I serve as chairwoman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.