Most presidential campaigns place economic growth as a top priority, yet they do not touch on issues related to cities and communication technology. Blair Levin and Adie Tomer, Brookings Institution fellows, list some of the issues that would be included on the urban technological agenda that candidates could speak on including lifeline program reform:
Broadband adoption problems are particularly acute in cities, but early next year the FCC will vote on how to modernize the Reagan-era phone service program to offer subsidized broadband for low-income households. If approved, metro areas will have a new tool to address their specific adoption challenges. Again, however, the next FCC will determine the long-term shape of the program.
For more information on presidential candidates overlooking the urban technological agenda, link to The Brookings Institution.