Broadband Is Policy Goal for White House Innovation Office

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By Alexis Kramer

Facilitating broadband deployment across the country is a top policy objective for the White House Office of American Innovation, an adviser to President Donald Trump said June 29.

Workforce of the future, infrastructure, and modernizing government operations are the three main policy areas for the office, Matt Lira, special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives said at an Internet Association event in Washington.

Infrastructure includes not only roads and bridges but expanding broadband, Lira said. Lira is part of the innovation office created by Trump in March to make recommendations on modernizing the government’s information technology systems.

Trump has been pushing for infrastructure investment, and has been more vocal in his support for broadband expansion in recent weeks. Trump, speaking June 21 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, promised to include a provision in his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal to “promote and foster enhanced broadband access for rural America.”

Lira told reporters that the office is working to develop policies and will be “in a place to make announcements” on infrastructure later this year.

—With assistance from Michaela Ross

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