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The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the $9 billion Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program last Tuesday, moving it closer to inclusion in the economic stimulus package. On the same day, the Senate Finance Committee approved broadband tax incentives.  The Senate broadband provisions closely track CWA's Speed Matters recommendations to create jobs and improve global competitiveness through broadband investment.
With the whole nation watching on Tuesday, President Obama took his historic inaugural address as an opportunity to renew his promise to lead America into the digital age. He noted the importance of strengthening our IT infrastructure in stimulating the economy both now and in the future:

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the $9 billion Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program Tuesday, moving it closer to inclusion in the economic stimulus package. On the same day, the Senate Finance Committee approved broadband tax incentives.  The Senate broadband provisions closely track CWA's Speed Matters recommendations to create jobs and improve global competitiveness through broadband investment.

Half a million jobs. That's what could be created by a nationwide effort to expand high speed Internet access, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Investment in this essential technology doesn't just connect Americans to the enormous benefits of the digital age--it serves as a much-needed stimulus to our ailing economy.
President-Elect Obama is committed to including an investment in broadband deployment and adoption in his proposed economic stimulus package.
On Monday, January 5, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to President-Elect Obama urging him to include broadband investments in his upcoming economic recovery plan.
The Communications Workers of America's Speed Matters project is part of a growing consensus about the need for expanded high-speed broadband networks in the United States, according a Washington Post article.
The Communications Workers of America sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in early December urging them to stimulate investment in broadband infrastructure as part of a comprehensive economic recovery and job creation program."
Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen testified before Congress on September 16 in a hearing called "Why Broadband Matters." Cohen issued a call to action for Congressional Leaders, urging the passage of the Broadband Data Information Act (S. 1492). He also outlined six steps to creating a national broadband policy.
This election season, the Obama campaign has encouraged people to host grassroots events as part of the process to develop the Democratic platform. Organizers have been working hard to put together meetings on a huge variety of issues -- and CWA members came together to discuss the need for the U.S. to adopt a comprehensive high speed Internet policy to achieve universal access.