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HUD Secretary Donovan on the Importance of Broadband to Housing

Like highways in the 20th century

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Imagine my utter delight to see the housing policy and tech policy worlds collide this week when HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke of the importance of broadband access for all and how HUD is working to make it happen. In these brief remarks Secretary Donovan describes HUD’s initiative to bring broadband to federally assisted housing.

Do you agree that broadband should be made available to all Americans including access in federally assisted housing? Do you think HUD’s approach, namely public/private partnerships is the best way to accomplish this goal?

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Melanie is the Senior Technology Policy Representative at the National Association of Realtors. That means she lobbies Congress and Federal Agencies on technology policy issues of importance to the real estate industry. In her pre-NAR life Melanie has been a practicing attorney and a software start-up executive. Like any native Californian, Melanie loves good wine and bountiful farmers markets.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Nick Sweeney, DotLoop Social Media

    March 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for posting, Melanie.

    I’ve heard arguments against people’s right to broadband Internet, most of which were re-hashed arguments against other new technologies that have since become ingrained in our society. Would anyone think that the poor should not have access to running water, electricity, or a telephone? When all of these technologies first arrived on the scene, the same arguments were made: “it’s not a right, it’s a convenience;” “you can survive without a telephone;” etc. I would argue that the Internet is so ubiquitous in American society that not having access to it would negatively affect one’s ability to life in the modern age. Just one example: imagine job-hunting without access to the Internet.

    As for whether enterprise should be involved, I think doing so is a major misstep, especially for the Internet, which should remain a bastion of free speech. Corporations are required to only care about their bottom line, and not freedom of speech. Imagine if a corporation gave you access to the Internet and they shut you down when you blogged something unsavory about them. Oh wait,it already happened:

    scholarsandrogues.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/att-say-bad-things-about-us-and-well-cancel-your-internets/

    I think the more options we have with Internet access, the better, The problem is, though, that America only has 11 major Internet providers, which severely limits our access as it is (huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/communications-breakdown_b_494874.html).

    Just my $.02. Thanks for posting!

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