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Obama's Inaugural Speech Calls for Tech Initiatives, Increased Regulation
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 11:30
President Obama hints at upcoming tech legislation at the inauguration
Jason Mick (Blog) - January 21, 2009 9:15 AM

As President Bush exited Washington D.C. yesterday, President Barack Obama, the forty-fourth President of the United States of America, was sworn into office.  While the occasion was certainly significant for many reasons, Barack Obama had already set into motion much of his new agenda for the country weeks before, with much of it focused on the field of technology. President Obama and Democratic allies in Congress have called for copyright reform, to help the laws deal with issues like internet radio sensibly.  They also called for legislation of net neutrality and legislation against some types of internet connection capping.  And controversially, they have called for the transition from analog to digital television to be delayed until later this year (from February 17) to allow people enough time to get their converter boxes, which the government funds for have current run out.

In his inaugural address yesterday, President Obama hit on several key parts of his tech initiative.  He stated, "For everywhere we look, there is work to be done; the state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.”

This passage of his speech alludes to his push for medical records to be digitized within five years.  President Obama says this will lead to a much more efficient system and great cost savings, which will translate to cheaper medical care.  The passage also includes an integral part of his tech policy, which is to increase the amount of cheap broadband connections to rural America, and make sure that telecoms do not abuse these connections by download caps or throttling.  He is also calling for a revamp of America's dilapidated power grid, much of which is 50 years old or even older in some areas.  [Daily tech...]    [Comments...]
 

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