2603, 2021

$94B Federal Bill Aims to Modernize Digital Infrastructure, Boost Rural Access

By |March 26th, 2021|Featured Update, Software and technology|0 Comments

by Rick White, Former U.S Congressman & CEO of Technet
March 18, 2021
Published in bisnow.com

With a focus on expanding economic opportunity in rural areas, the federal government is pouring billions into fiber expansion, satellite networks and other digital infrastructure aimed at boosting connectivity in hard-to-reach areas.

The funds could boost experimentation in areas like modular data centers and add new incentives for service providers in rural pockets of the country.

On the heels of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which included reimbursements for schools and libraries offering internet access during the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats introduced another $94B package, called the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, which seeks to build high-speed fiber connections […]

502, 2021

Four and a Half Things Biden Should Do for the Software and Tech Industry

By |February 5th, 2021|Featured Update, Software and technology|0 Comments

by Rick White, Former U.S Congressman & CEO of Technet
February 3, 2021
Published in nextgov.comAs President Biden takes office, tech policy is high on his agenda. That makes sense: The tech industry is a key driver of prosperity and growth, and all of us should wish the president success in this area.

But tech policy is tricky. The tech industry and the government are two very different worlds. Tech companies thrive on independence and competition, and even more than most U.S. businesses, they’re skeptical when they hear the phrase, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

I founded the Internet Caucus when I was in Congress, ran a tech policy organization for several years, and have spent many years advising and running […]

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