Cisco this week renewed its call for a national broadband strategy to be a priority for the new Congress and the incoming Obama administration.
Cisco says such a strategy is a "critical tool" for economic growth. It cites research conducted by Oxford University as its latest motivation.
"It's critical that government and industry work together to create a 21st century information infrastructure that ensures US economic and social growth in the future," said Jeff Campbell, senior director of technology and trade policy for Cisco, in a statement. "Without high-quality, reliable and accessible broadband that reaches every part of our nation, we will miss out on the robust opportunities of economic growth, job creation, collaboration and social benefits delivered by Web 3.0. Implementing a national broadband strategy must be a priority for the new Administration and the 111th Congress."
Cisco has pushed for making broadband a national policy priority for nearly a decade. In 2002, Cisco and TechNet called on President Bush and policymakers to make broadband a national priority and to set a goal of making an affordable 100Mbps broadband connection available to 100 million American homes and small businesses by 2010.