Hillary Clinton’s Tech Plan: Internet Access Is a Necessity
Team Hillary just released her Tech & Innovation Plan
She believes Internet access is a necessity in a global economy, not a luxury, and we need to lead the way in education, accessibility and innovation. Here’s a synopsis of Hillary Clinton’s Tech Plan:
“Doing this right will not only boost economic growth, it will lead to immeasurable social benefits…”
Her Tech Plan has 5 main initiatives:
ONE: Create new jobs in technology through education and policies to support entrepreneurial ecosystems
The agenda supports the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in schools to offer more opportunities for students to learn these skills.
Less than 1 in 5 high school students has taken a Computer Science course. She proposes to:
- Double the investment in CS grants and programs
- Provide funds for new teachers and more training
- Support alternative degree programs outside of traditional schools
- Diversify the tech workforce
- Increase access to capital for startups and minority owned businesses
- Defer student loans for entrepreneurs
- Enable international students who complete degrees in STEM fields to move to green card status
- Make benefits portable for the independent workforce.
TWO: Get everyone online
30% of Americans still don’t have access to a broadband provider, particularly in low income rural areas. Hillary believes this is not a luxury. She wants to connect every household to high-speed broadband, increase Internet adoption, and help hook up anchor institutions so they can offer free WiFi to the public. Hillary will also take action to help America widely deploy 5G technology.
Grants would support localities in:
- Giving cities, regions, and states incentives to create a “model digital community”
- Streamlining permits and processes
- Coordinating the building of infrastructure with existing fiber
- Create a “continuum of connectivity”—the ability for people to get online in homes and offices, schools, libraries, transit systems, and other public spaces
- Foster the evolution to 5G, small cell solutions, and other next-generation systems that can deliver faster wireless connections
- Enhance the efficient use of spectrum by accelerating the process of identifying underutilized bands, including ones now used by the federal government, that would “unleash a new wave of innovation in wireless broadband technologies and the Internet of Things”
- Dedicate federal research funding to test-bedding, field trials, and other public-private endeavors to speed the deployment of next generation wireless networks and a civic Internet of Things.
THREE: Advance America’s global leadership in tech and innovation
Hillary believes the most technically proficient economies will be the most prosperous. And that Internet freedom and advanced technology is a part of foreign policy. She proposes to:
- Support an open flow of data across borders and access to digital markets
- Oppose efforts to block or degrade Internet access or to shut down social media
- Fight to defend the Internet from government takeover
- Advance Export Control Reform, pursue policies to protect U.S. trade secrets and IP, and resist calls for forced tech transfer or localization of data
- Promote Cyber-Security at home and abroad
- Promote the free flow of information internationally
- Modernize procedures for sharing data across borders in response to legitimate law enforcement investigations.
FOUR: Reduce government red tape barriers to innovation
Hillary believes government has an important role in reducing barriers to tech innovation. At the same time, we should be ensuring that advances in technology and information technology protect individual privacy and security. She proposes to:
- Appoint a Chief Innovation Advisor who would spearhead reforms across the government that streamline processes and foster innovation
- Encourage states to reduce restrictive laws that protect existing businesses from allowing new innovators
- Detect antitrust violations that restrict competition
- Defend Net Neutrality
- Improve the patent system
- Modernize the copyright system
- Support data privacy without stifling innovation
- Create a national commission on digital security and encryption.
FIVE: Create a smarter and more innovative government
Technology can make government simpler and more user friendly. Hillary proposes:
- Making digital services a priority for government agencies
- Redesign the top 25 citizen used services
- Streamline procurement processes and get rid of unnecessary internal red tape
- Make it easier for the government to use cost-effective technology including open source technology
- Open up more government data for public use
- Facilitate citizen involvement in government innovation
- Embrace the practice of prioritized goal setting and performance tracking for the federal government.