Originally published: August 28, 2008
Last updated: August 28, 2008 - 12:27pm
Leading Democrats on Tuesday attacked the Bush administration's broadband policy and the technology track record of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain, while leading tech companies pushed for a more tech-savvy and innovative federal government. "The Obama campaign is the broadband campaign and the McCain campaign is the dial-up campaign," said Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on telecom and the Internet. Rep Markey and other members of Congress were on hand at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for several technology panels hosted by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado. "On McCain's watch, the U.S. fell from third to fifteenth in broadband penetration," said Julius Genachowski, technology advisor to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. That is "shocking." "You know in your hearts that in eight years, there was never one conversation in the Oval Office between Dick Cheney and George Bush on broadband policy," Rep Markey said. "That ... should frighten you." Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, who serves as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was similarly critical of the current administration.
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