Roughly 40 percent of Americans do not have high-speed Internet access at home, according to new Commerce Department figures that underscore the challenges facing policymakers who are trying to bring affordable broadband connections to everyone.
Now that the federal government has announced more than $1B in grants for Health IT projects across the nation, here is a look at some of those projects that are ready to start work and create new jobs.
On Friday, the White House announced $975 million in state grants for health information technology adoption and training grants. Implementing health IT will help both hospitals and patients save money by eliminating duplicative tests and paperwork:
The White House says the awards will help make health information technologies available to more than 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014 while helping to train thousands of people for careers in health care and information technology … The administration says around 15,000 people should get training.
Modern technology has helped the Obama White House work through the record-breaking snowstorms that shut down the federal government.
“Thanks to modern technology that has not been an issue,” Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.
Icy roads and heavy snows have left a number of White House staffers unable to get to the West Wing, but they’ve been able to work remotely, according to Psaki.
That’s not the case for the rest of the federal government.
The news this week that Google will be building and testing ultra-fast fiber-optic networks in selected cities is good news for customers and good news for the industry. As I have said and written many times, the private sector provides the capital, which fosters competition, that allows expansion, leading to new jobs – not just new jobs in old companies, but new jobs in companies that did not, and could not, have existed before.
The New Democratic Leadership Council has released a report today from DLC Senior Fellow and Economist Jessica Milano on the role of broadband in creating new jobs: “Where Jobs Come From: The Role of Innovation, Investment, and Infrastructure in Economic and Job Growth.” The report was made possible in cooperation with AT&T, who provided research essential to the project.