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Hillary Clinton’s Tech Agenda: 'Connect Every Business’

Clinton Tech Policy

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has more than a few favorite nicknames for his equally presumptive opponent Hillary Clinton. However, the Democratic candidate may have given the Donald one more schoolyard putdown to call her with the release of a comprehensive tech policy: nerd.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Clinton has released a 15-page document detailing her stance on multiple tech-related issues such as residential and commercial high-speed internet access and debt forgiveness for entrepreneurs starting off in the tech industry. Most notably, Clinton pledged to wire every home in the U.S. with broadband internet by 2020 and hinted at a program to bring free widespread WiFi coverage to public spaces across the country.

“I intend to make sure we do what we did with electricity in my grandparents’ generation—we connect every home and business in America to high-speed internet, and we do it on as fast a time scale as possible,” Clinton said. “Every year we waste means we leave people behind and left out in a way that is heartbreaking and wrong.”

Clinton also took the opportunity of the release of a forward-thinking technology policy to take a swipe at what she characterized as her opponent's head-in-the-sand approach to all things new and innovative in the digital world.

“Saying that you want to make America ‘great again’ is code for saying, ‘We want to go back to the way it used to be,’” Clinton said, via the WSJ. “'Forget about technology, forget about inclusivity, forget about giving everybody an opportunity to have a real shot at the best possible future.’ Well, that is not who we are as Americans. We don’t go back—we go forward.”

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