February 13, 2018

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Tech cautiously optimistic on Trump's infrastructure plan

By
Ina Fried
Axios Login

(This article originally appeared in Axios Login on February 13, 2018)

Telecom and tech companies are mostly pleased with the White House's infrastructure plan, but also note that the proposal doesn't mandate more funding for broadband.

However, Axios' David McCabe points out two items of interest in the proposal:

1. High-speed internet is mentioned as a possible use for funds meant for rural communities and major "transformative" projects.

  • “We agree with the President that our infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization worthy of a 21st century economic powerhouse, and a critical part of this effort is extending broadband to every corner of our nation,” says TechNet CEO Linda Moore, calling for broadband to be influenced in any final infrastructure package.

2. Speeding up the approval process for putting infrastructure on federal lands.

  • Wireless trade group CTIA is "pleased that the Administration’s infrastructure plan recognizes the value of mobile connectivity, the importance of wireless leadership, and the need to streamline our nation’s infrastructure siting processes," CEO Meredith Attwell Baker says.

Yes, but: Trump's plan, as it stands, is DOA, as Axios' Jonathan Swan and Caitlin Owens reported on Sunday.

Go deeper: Read the whole infrastructure proposal here.

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