IIA Hosts a National Broadband Strategy Symposium
Source: Internet Innovation
Alliance Leaders from government, business, non-profit groups, labor unions and academia convened at the National Press Club on November 19 to discuss how universal broadband access can help solve the nation’s most pressing problems.
Many of the participants argued that expanding broadband access would create jobs, lead to the development of new products, and fuel economic growth. Others pointed to the power of broadband to connect more citizens to educational and employment opportunities, and open the door to better, less expensive health care.
The keynote speakers were Paul J. Cosgrove, who heads New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and Randy Hickman, a veteran of the Iraq War who recounted how broadband helped him stay connected to his loved ones when he was overseas.
The diverse group of panelists included Susan Patrick, president of the North American Council for Online Learning; Kathy Johnson, director of the Alabama Broadband Initiative; Rey Ramsey, chairman and CEO of One Economy; and David McClure, president of the United States Internet Industry Association. A webcast replay of the Symposium is available at www.visualwebcaster.com/BroadbandSymposium.