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Broadband & Change. Will Politics Ever Be the Same?

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While we labor to get broadband into more communities to improve economic development, education, and the business of government, have we overlooked how broadband is changing the way we choose our government?  If we are going to endow broadband with great powers to transform communities, we certainly have to examine the technology's role in shaping government at all levels.

Kristal High, Editor-in-Chief of Politic365, addresses politics, technology and national technology policy. She gives listeners an understanding of how increasing broadband deployments and adoption may impact the electoral process.

Michael Snook, CIO for Progressive Change Campaign Committee, gives us a peek under the covers of one of the more successful advocacy groups this election cycle. PCCC used Internet technology to impact several aspects of campaigning in a host of House and Senate races.

Our guest tackle several pressing questions, including: 

  • will increasing and improving broadband infrastructure in low-income and rural communities increase political participation by these communities?
  • will new Internet technologies alter or improve the dynamic by which campaigns are won and lost.
  • what policy changes make enable individuals to make better use of Internet technology in the political process?
  • how will highspeed Internet access impact the process of governing after the campaign is over?
  • can technology counterbalance the impact of big money in elections?