Today, the White House’s Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, members of Congress, and representatives from top tech companies including Google and Dell gathered for Politico’s “What’s Next for Technology: How Washington Will Act on Key Policy Issues in 2011.” Discussions focused on the cross section of ideas and innovation in technology- and what we can expect to see policy-wise from the 112th congress.
Broadband played a key role in many of the discussions- among the White House’s top initiatives for next year is spectrum policy, namely solidifying a voluntary process for incentive auctions, according to Chopra. Members from both chambers of Congress had similar outlooks on the importance of broadband; Senator John Ensign (R-NV) explained that we should let the internet continue to flourish and stressed the importance of USF reform. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) stated that as mobile broadband growth continues to accelerate, we need to conduct spectrum inventory and evaluate opportunities to make more spectrum available to meet growing demand.
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