In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama committed to setting policies that promote mobile investment and innovation, stating “within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans.” More details are still to come, but this is a great recognition of the key role that wireless plays in connecting the nation and spurring economic growth.
Here are the president’s comments on wireless from the speech:
“Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.”