Hillary Clinton's Campaign Promise: Free WiFi (But Not A Personal Email Server In Every Home)

  • by: Alan Duke

Hillary Clinton promises when she's president you'll get really fast internet at home and for free when at an airport, bus station or other public places. The former secretary of state, however, stopped short of promising a persona email server in every basement.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee tweeted a link to her 5-point plan to for the federal government to support technology and innovation. The second plank was for federally-sponsored public internet access and "affordable broadband" in every home by the year 2020.

"We have to ensure the benefits of technology are widely shared -- and specifically, that all Americans have access to high-speed internet and next-generation wireless," Clinton domestic policy adviser Sara Solow wrote.

"Hillary has committed to ensuring every American household has affordable broadband access by 2020," Solow said. "She'll also invest new federal resources into connecting America's anchor institutions -- train stations, airports, and other public places -- so they can provide free WiFi to the public."

Clinton also wants the federal government to help promote faster wireless connections with "the evolution of 5G wireless and next generation wireless-systems to support faster internet connection and nascent technologies, such as smart factories and driverless cars, that have the potential to create jobs and improve lives."

The other four points in the Clinton tech and innovation plan are:

Foster entrepreneurship and job growth -- "We need to train America's workforce for the jobs of the 21st century. That starts with investments in computer science and STEM education for students in every community. Computer science isn't just important for jobs in the technology sector--studies show that two-thirds of the jobs requiring computing skills are outside the tech sector."

Advance America's leadership in tech and innovation -- "An open internet is essential to innovation. As secretary of state, Hillary made internet freedom a core component of U.S. foreign policy, and she'll continue to do so as president. She believes that internet governance should be left to engineers, companies, civil society groups, and users--not to governments--and she'll keep fighting for free speech and human rights online."

Reduce regulatory roadblocks while protecting privacy and security -- "The government can promote innovation and broad-based economic growth by fostering healthy competition, reducing regulatory red tape, and ensuring our IP laws effectively reward creators."

Engineer a smarter, more user-friendly government -- "In addition to enabling innovation, we should utilize data and new technology to improve government services. Hillary will make digital services a permanent part of the executive branch --and she'll charge the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) with digitizing the top 25 public-facing government services to make it easier for Americans to apply for student loans, access veterans benefits, enroll in health insurance, etc."

Read Clinton's full plan here

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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