NFWL's Internet Caucus Urges Congress to Stimulate More Private Sector Investments in Broadband Networks
Recognizing the interests and goals of the National Foundation for Women Legislators' Internet Caucus, NFWL recently communicated with Congressional Leaders before the Fourth of July recess to stress how important broadband access is to all Americans. NFWL's Internet Caucus believes that the government should focus on measures that encourage positive stimulation, being careful not to allow regulatory burdens to hinder the growth of such investments. In union with major national civil rights, environmental, labor and industry organizations NFWL's Internet Caucus has recommended that Congress pass legislation encouraging investment while ensuring consumer protection. The latest proposal by labor and civil rights groups achieves the right balance of interests and elected women nationwide are encouraged by the efforts that are being made by industry leaders and government officials to ensure that all Americans have access to this critical technology. Last fall, NFWL brought together elected women from across the country for a Women's Congressional Broadband Technology Summit to discuss the importance of broadband technology and how it converges with every aspect of life. In a policy paper entitled "Empowering Women in the 21st Century: Paving the Way with Broadband and Mobility" the Caucus discovered that broadband is essential for greater connectivity and efficiency yet millions do not have sufficient access. NFWL's Internet Caucus knows that it's important to ensure that every American has access to high speed and affordable Internet service so that each citizen can succeed in whatever he/she chooses. Elected women across the country realize that the government does not build or maintain the broadband networks nor does the government directly create private sector jobs. Instead, policy-makers can create the environment where the private sector will work to create these infrastructure and jobs.