TechNet Calls for Broadband Deployment in Infrastructure Proposals
Washington, D.C. — Following the release of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal, TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today called for broadband deployment and internet connectivity to be part of any legislation developed by Congress.
The Trump Administration today released an infrastructure plan as part of its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. The Administration is proposing $200 billion in direct federal spending, with $50 billion for rural infrastructure in the form of block grants to states. The block grants can cover many modes of infrastructure, including broadband. However, there are no dedicated provisions in the proposal for broadband deployment or internet connectivity.
“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,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore. “In today’s technology-driven society, vibrant broadband networks help fuel small business growth and are a key part of closing the ‘homework gap’ that exists because too many of our students lack reliable internet access and can’t complete assignments that require it.
“Infrastructure proposals should encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors to build out our nation’s broadband networks, cloud services, and connectivity infrastructure so that they can support modern transportation, technological, and energy needs,” Moore added. “This is not only an investment in our nation’s future, but also one that will create jobs and opportunities for Americans now.”
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.