Mobile Future

What’s Next for Tech.

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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