President Obama’s vision of where America should be in terms of broadband is very on point. We should be heartened by his call for 100% access by all Americans to broadband networks. While Mr. Obama did not emphasize job growth enough, he has determined and I agree that innovation and investment in broadband networks will spur demand for not only more labor, but create the need for higher-paying jobs.
I’m not saying that all things digital is the panacea for our economic ills and I don’t think that the President is saying that either. Mr. Obama recognizes that, in an age where information is highlighted even more as our most important economic resource, the faster we can exchange information, the greater the multiplier effects on the economy.
From the farmer adjusting the prices of wheat to the commodities trader receiving and trading on new price information, high-speed interconnection gives these business people a competitive edge.
America is a mobile society, particularly over the past 60 years. Not only does our interstate highway system reflect that, but also our demand for mobile devices. The farmer and commodities trader I mentioned aren’t sitting at a desk all day. When you combine America’s need for information and mobility, it is only logical to conclude that we must manage our spectrum in order to optimize our ability to receive and send digital information rapidly and safely.
We are in the second decade of what promises to be an exciting 21st century. It’s time to get past debate that fails to optimize our political economy. It’s time to heed the President’s call to avoid regulation that creates an unnecessary burden on growth and competition. Let today be the new morning for our broadband union.