State of the Union: Tech Hubs & Broadband

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The President’s 6th State of the Union Address touched on high-tech manufacturing, broadband in schools and the need to reform the patent system, reports GigaOm.

A streamed “enhanced” version with official charts, data, and other graphics was available to illustrate the facts that explain why the President has taken specific positions.

The President announced an initiative to launch six new high-tech manufacturing hubs this year. The initiative will mirror two hubs already created in Raleigh, N.C., and Youngstown, Ohio, where local businesses are linked to research universities. Obama didn’t say where the new manufacturing centers would be located.

The President said the administration is working with the FCC, Verizon, Sprint, Apple and Microsoft to extend broadband access to 99 percent of schools over four years. According to the White House, details of these “philanthropic partnerships” will be released in coming weeks and will help connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with wireless and wireline broadband in the next two years.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 8:58 am .

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