Flattening Barriers to Communications

In a bold move to modernize America’s outdated communications laws, this week Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced the Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act. It’s about time Congress embraced this issue, particularly since technology has vastly changed the way communications affect economic growth.

Technology boosts productivity and allows for greater opportunities around the world, a fact highlighted by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. Indeed, as workers in Silicon Valley are well aware, anyone with skills and a broadband connection can compete for programming, accounting and other types of well-paid jobs. In that kind of atmosphere, it’s important that Americans don’t let their high-speed connections fall behind. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened.

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