High speed Internet or Broadband services are what makes I-phones, Blackberries, E-911 systems, e-government, home businesses, global businesses, and student success possible. There is a woman in SW Kansas who sells tumbleweeds to New York City interior decorators -- I know, very strange. The woman developed her business because she has Broadband at her city home, if she lived on the ranch with dial-up services, she would not be able to offer 3-dimensional pictures of her tumbleweeds and aggressively market them.
Elsewhere in this discussion of policies and my legislative work, I addressed telemedicine and educational opportunities. To encourage deployment of Broadband technologies to all Kansans, I hosted two Rural Broadband Summits involving Federal Communications Commission leaders and Kansas stakeholders. We focused on how wireless technologies can reach remote Kansans and provide them essentially the same education, health care, business, and recreational opportunities of our urban residents. We do not have Broadband available to every Kansan -- but I am working to promote the technologies, cost recovery mechanisms, and support to accomplish that objective. Included in those efforts are steps to enable E-911 centers to receive text messages, in addition to voice.