WASHINGTON, June 12 - Three policy officials on Thursday suggested differing variations of a proposal that would put federal, state and local government officials in the business of promoting technological innovation.
The proposals came at a conference on "metropolitan policy," a new phease for thinking about government involvment with economic and social issues on a local level being promoted by the think tank Brookings Institution, among others.
The three proposals came at the “Summit for American Prosperity: Washington and Metropolitan Areas Working Together,” sponsored by the Brookings Institution. The think tank has released a Blueprint for American Prosperity.
“Current federal innovation programs are fragmented and diffused,” said Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He said he wants to see federal policies that provide incentives for innovation in services, as well as products.
Economist Howard Wial, at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, proposed a National Innovation Foundation. The NIF would “incorporate and expand on existing activities in the department of commerce and labor and the National Science Foundation,” he said.
Karen Mills, president of the MMP Group, proposed a third initiative, the Competitive Leadership for the United States Thought Economic Regions initiative.
Like the NIF, CLUSTER would be “bottom-up” and collaborative rather than “top-down” organizations and both government funded, she said. It would also be set up to support regional and state initiative programs across the nation that would direct financial and other assistance to individual initiatives with a similar purposes.
- The FCC Could Do More Now About the Digital Divide, Say Panelists at Broadband Breakfast Live Online Event
- Coronavirus Roundup: Senators Urge Distance Learning, Zoom Privacy, NTIA Broadband and RUS Grants
- Federal Communications Commission Proposal for Unlicensed Spectrum in 6 GHz Band Widely-Praised
- Coronavirus Roundup: Speedy FCC Web Meeting, NCTA Broadband Dashboard, GEO’s New Mapping Tool
- Although Privacy is on a Back Burner, California May Outdo Its Own State Law in November
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
China1 month ago
Tech Officials Diagnose Excessive Trump Actions as Product of ‘Huawei Derangement Syndrome’
Health4 weeks ago
Battling Coronavirus COVID-19, Broadband Could Provide Relief Although Telemedicine May Not Help
Health2 weeks ago
Broadband Breakfast Live Online Will Stream Daily in March on ‘Broadband and the Coronavirus’
Net Neutrality1 month ago
FCC Seeks Comment on Net Neutrality Issues Remanded by Appeals Court: Public Safety, Pole Attachments and Lifeline
Section 2301 month ago
Attorney General Bill Barr Calls for ‘Recalibrated’ Section 230 as Justice Department Hosts Tech Immunity Workshop
Artificial Intelligence1 month ago
U.S. Progress on AI and Quantum Computing Will Best China, Says CTO Michael Kratsios
Broadband Mapping & Data1 month ago
Poor Broadband Maps and Lack of a Consolidated Voice Hinder Advocacy for Better Rural Internet
Asia1 month ago
Broadband Roundup: Global Internet Censorship, Tribal Divide, Klobuchar on the Broadband Stump