Last week, our Co-Chair Jamal Simmons wrote about his experience moderating the recent “Beyond the Digital Divide: Capitalizing on the Technology Economy” forum. Today, Politic365 has more on the event, including Simmons’ remarks to attendees:
“I think it’s important, particularly for this generation, for people need to really know and understand the power they have in their hands and their homes to change their lives,” said Jamal Simmons, moderator of the panel and co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Simmons highlighted some of the ways technology is transforming society in the education, employment, healthcare, and small business sectors. He also spoke about how public policy and the high-tech industry are responding to the growing use of broadband technology by American consumers.
“In 2011, the President of the United States spoke at the state of the union and said he wanted next generation high-speed wireless Internet to cover 98 percent of the country over the next five years,” said Simmons. “We are on the path to getting that done. Last year you saw wireless carriers invest $27 billion in new infrastructure to make sure people have access to wireless.”