FCC Chairman says broadband is crucial for jobs and Internet privacy remains tricky

08/05/2011 06:53 AM

Broadband Internet can become an economic lifeline to rural communities, said Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

But that will require an additional focus by the federal government — and re-prioritizing of money set aside for making telephone lines more available, he told Pure Politics.

For instance, in Kentucky, the rate of broadband Internet adoption is at 27%, according to FCC statistics.

Genachowski was in Jeffersonville, Ind., on Thursday to speak about the importance of broadband at the construction site of a new Accent call center that will create 100,000 new jobs over two years. Many of those jobs will be filled by people who can work from their homes because of broadband.

Genachowski spoke with Pure Politics about how well the broadband focus is going over in Congress and the tricky matter of Internet privacy with sites such as Google and Facebook able to accrue personal data of users. (see 1:45 of the piece).


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