From his lips: John Kerry

On first-response IT

'It's about providing our first responders with a secure, wireless network that will arm them with the best communications network so they can better protect America. I want to ensure that every first responder in the country has broadband by the end of 2006.'

On making IT accessible for persons with disabilities

'Technology must be harnessed effectively to empower people, particularly those who are often the least empowered in our society. I will work to make electronic information and technology truly accessible. Many of the technological advances made through the work of the Defense Department and NASA are transferable to people with disabilities, and could enhance their capacity to work.

'I will direct federal agencies to assess how their resources have been allocated to assist people with disabilities and work on promoting a goal to increase targets across the board. I want our government to help cultivate new, cutting-edge technology.'

On technology advancement

'New information and communications technologies will provide the infrastructure for the knowledge economy. Cyberinfrastructure'composed of supercomputers, optical networks, vast digital libraries, networked scientific instruments and software tools for simulation and collaboration'has the potential to accelerate progress in virtually every science and engineering discipline.'

On broadband

'We need to make sure we don't settle for slipping to tenth place in the world when it comes to adopting broadband. This means connecting every corner of our country to a network that's up to 100 times faster than today's. Installing this network can grow our economy by $500 billion and bring us 1.2 million new, high-wage jobs.'


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