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Hillary's 100-day plan will push tech buttons

Jonathan Takiff

Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016, 5:27 PM

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine during the balloon drop on the fourth day of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia.

While Hillary Clinton was short on details Thursday night about her gung-ho, “first 100 days “ jobs building plan, the expansion of broadband accessibility, next generation wireless technology and and computer education will loom large. So pledged Sara Solow, domestic policy adviser for Hillary for America, at events earlier in the day and throughout DNC Week in Philly.

Actress Meryl Streep flexes her arms while speaking to delegates during the second night of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Singer Katy Perry performs on the fourth night of the DNC in Philadelphia July 28, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Singer Carole King during a sound check before start of the final day of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Actresses Lena Dunham and America Fererra speak to delegates during the second night of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz speaks during the fourth night of the DNC July 28, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Lenny Kravitz performs during day three of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken with actress Sarah Silverman addressing delegates during the 2016 DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Entertainers Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen point before speaking to delegates during the final day of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Singer Alicia Keys performs during the second night of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Singer Andra Day performs on the 2nd night of the DNC in Philadelphia July 26, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar addresses the delegates during the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in Southern Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. MICHAEL ARES / Staff Photographer
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Actress Elizabeth Banks enter the stage during the 2nd night of the DNC in Philadelphia July 26, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Actress Eva Longoria waves before speaking to delegates during the 2016 DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Singer-Songwriter Paul Simon performs during the 2016 DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
The singer Demi Lovato belts out a tune to the delegates at the DNC on Monday night , July 25, 2016. 06/25/2016 MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photogrpaher
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Actress Sigourney Weaver walks on stage to address delegates during day three of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
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Actress Star Jones prepares to address delegates during day three of the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
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Thursday, the adviser underscored the campaign’s concern with “the homework gap” and committed to upgrading the National Broadband Plan written in 2010.

The Clinton Campaign is opposed to “arbitrary caps” suggested by some Capitol Hill Republicans on the Lifeline service enabling low income families to get Internet service. And Clinton wants a re-write of the Broadband Plan “focused on our broadband deployment throughout the country,” said Solow. “By 2020 every household in America should be hooked up to high-speed internet sufficient to meet family’s needs.”

To get there, “we should look at wireless solutions, we should look at microwave wireless solutions, we should look at satellite solutions too.” Cities and towns should be leaders in the cause – “fiber ready” and “more open to third and fourth broadband providers” which could include reforming exclusionary policies about burying and hanging lines.

How bad is the digital divide? At present, 34 million people in the nation are lacking any kind of broadband connectivity, noted FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn at one of the sessions where Solow also spoke. Only one in two rural households has access to high speed service.

To push the cause, the Democratic candidate also favors expanding the “E-rate program” (now using Universal Service Fund monies to pay for broadband in schools and libraries) to also bring broadband availability to train stations, airports, mass transit centers, community and recreation centers. “We think we need a continuum of connectivity in America,” said Hillary’s point person. “You should be able to get on the internet everywhere.”

Universal computer literacy is likewise a Clinton priority, Solow said. “By the time every kid graduates from high school in American they should have had computer science education. We think that if we make an aggressive commitment early on ….we can make a real difference.”

The Clinton campaign ”couldn’t disagree more” with the argument voiced by the Republican candidate that the U.S. is in decline and no longer innovative, but is stressing that we can’t take our eyes off the prize. “We have to make the investments and we have to make the commitment,” Solow said. “Just take 5G, which is where wireless is heading. You’ve got South Korea and Japan, other countries that are pouring state money, national money into developing 5G so they can race toward the finish line and get that infrastructure technology deployed across the country. Other countries are realizing how much promise there is in tech and innovation and IT.“

Jonathan Takiff

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