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Technology is essential for economic growth and job creation. Ensuring Washington has 21st century digital infrastructure, such as high-speed broadband Internet access, fourth-generation (4G) wireless networks, new healthcare information technology and a modernized electrical grid, is critical to the long-term prosperity and competitiveness of our state. The Internet is a global platform for communication, commerce and individual expression, and now promises to support breakthroughs in important national priorities such as healthcare, education and energy. Additionally, the Internet and information technology can be applied to make government more effective, transparent and accessible to all Americans.
For Washington, improvement of broadband access will open up ways for our state’s innovators and entrepreneurs to reassert and extend national and global leadership. It will unlock doors of opportunity long closed by geography, income, and race. It can enable education beyond the classroom, healthcare beyond the clinic, and participation beyond the town square.
Directed to the Washington State Legislature, Technology and Economic Development Committee and the Uniform Law Commission.
University of Washington Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
Computer Law | Science and Technology Law
University of Washington Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic,
Broadband and Economic Development,
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/techclinic/5