Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship announced today that Federal Communications Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein will testify at a hearing Wednesday on improving internet access for small businesses to help them compete in a global economy. Copps and Adelstein will join small businesses and other experts to examine the state of U.S. broadband policy and its impact on the nation’s small businesses. The U.S. is lacking in an effective braodband strategy, unlike many of our international counterparts. Some government and business leaders have cautioned that America’s economic competitiveness might be compromised because other countries are making us of a robust broadband infrastructure that spurs innovation and job growth.
The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC and it will be webcast live at sbc.senate.gov.
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“It’s almost hard to wrap your head around the fact that seven years into this century, more Americans than not have either no Internet access at all or are still stuck on dial-up.
It seems like so long ago that the buzzword was the ‘information super-highway,’ but much of America is still bouncing down a country lane. That is just unacceptable.”