Last week the president delivered what some are calling the most tech heavy SOTU address in history. He called for a stronger focus on innovation and technology education as well a renewed focus on start-ups and small businesses looking to make advancements in technology. The white house is actually unveiling a "Start-up America" campaign on Jan. 31st to promote this idea even further.
One point the president made stuck with me because of the significance of the impact it could have if achieved. When he stated " Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans... This isn't just about a faster Internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age." It showed that the president has realized that wireless broadband access is the key to having a country that is truly connected. And enable people in all communities, from rural to urban, to gain access to high-speed Internet. This will enable everyone from farmers to home-based business owners to gain access and compete in the world marketplace. The current gaps we have in digital literacy and technical education can be closed by giving people access to the information wherever they are. The implications on the current digital divide in this country are huge as well because access will allow Minorities access to relevant content, which will bolster adoption.
Already people have had mixed reactions to speech on technology sites across the net and others asked the question "Will he deliver?" I ask a different question "Will be deliver for him?" Will we let out voices be heard so that the President can get the programs into action in order to execute on these plans. He has already proposed a 'National Wireless Initiative' which will enable more robust business growth, job creation, investment, innovation, better access to healthcare and education, as well as increased civic involvement for all Americans. This initiative will also narrow the digital divide, providing high-speed Internet access to underserved communities. So before we let people start calling the president's plan lip service, we need to put some action behind our own and make sure he is equipped with tools he will need to succeed to get us re focused on innovation and growth.