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WIPP Submits Comments to the FCC on the Establishment of a National Broadband Policy

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Contact: Jason Lalak

June 4, 2009


WIPP Submits Comments to the FCC on the Establishment of a National Broadband Policy

Encouraging private sector investment incentive, in partnership with the public sector to best meet the broadband needs of all Americans

WASHINGTON – In response to the Federal Communication Committee’s notice of inquiry, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. submitted comments on shaping the national broadband policy.

“We at Women Impacting Public Policy urge you to adopt a framework that will allow for the continued deployment of broadband, while maintaining incentives for private sector investment,” Barbara Kasoff, president and CEO of WIPP commented in the filing. “Women entrepreneurs are innovative, use technology extensively to manage their companies and interact with their customers, and are heavily engaged in federal contracting.  They increasingly rely on the latest technologies and a reliable well-managed network to grow their businesses.”

In its comments, WIPP highlighted how a competitive market will encourage investment and innovation imperative for the 21stcentury economy built upon affordable and accessible broadband for all Americans.  The organization cited a 2007 Brookings Institute and MIT study that found “a one digit increase in broadband penetration creates an additional 300,000 jobs”. 

WIPP stressed the importance of a partnership the private and public sectors in a national broadband policy and also noted that over regulation of broadband deployment could hurt private investment, thereby stifling progress and innovation.

“It is clear that the FCC’s objective must be to bring broadband to every home in America.  We must ensure that incentives remain in place for the private sector to continue its support, in partnership with the public sector, to deliver ubiquitous broadband across the country,” Kasoff added.

About WIPP:

WIPP is a national bi-partisan group comprised of half a million members and representing 48 national Women in Business groups. We are a nonprofit organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business, strengthening their participation in the legislative process of our nation, creating economic opportunities, and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.

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