As the sluice gates of stimulus open, proponents of expanded broadband access are hoping the Net will catch some of the cash Congress is preparing to pump into the economy. An impressive array of telecoms, trade associations, tech companies, think tanks, and advocacy groups have issued a "Call to Action," introduced at an event on Capitol Hill today, urging the incoming Obama administration and the 111th Congress to make implementation of a comprehensive national broadband strategy a high priority.
The coalition of signatories behind the Call to Action brings together a number of heavy hitters often found aiming their punches at one another: AT&T, Verizon, and the Telecommunications Industry Association dancing cheek-to-cheek with Google, Public Knowledge, and Free Press. This kumbayah moment was midwifed by attorney James Baller, who explained the strange bedfellows' manifesto at Wednesday's launch event.
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