U.S. Senator To Host Three-Day Online Discussion about Broadband
Starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (Democrat-Illinois) will host three nights of online discussions on what the broadband policy of the U.S. government should be.
The discussions will be held on the self-identified progressive website OpenLeft.org.
"I will begin each night's discussion with a conversation about some of the core principles I think are important, and then I'll ask for you to contribute your ideas that will help me craft legislation," Durbin writes (or had written for him) on an OpenLeft blog posting today.
Here's what Senator Durbin says he would like to find out from online participants:
The second reason I'm doing this is because broadband policy is one of the most important public policy issues today. Frankly, America does not have a national broadband strategy, and we are falling behind. That means our families don't have access to the best medical technologies, our students don't have access to the best educational opportunities, and our entrepreneurs are limited in the markets they can access.
As we work together to draft a bill to solve these problems, the three principles I want to begin with are:
- Broadband access must be universal and affordable;
- We need to preserve an online environment for innovation; and
- We need to ensure that broadband technology enables more voices to be heard.
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