I support updating surveillance laws and ensuring that law enforcement investigationsand intelligence-gathering relating to U.S. citizens are done only under the rule of law.I will also work to provide robust protection against misuses of particularly sensitivekinds of information, such as e-health records and location data that do not fitcomfortably within sector-specific privacy laws.I will increase the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement budget and will step upinternational cooperation to track down cyber-criminals so that U.S. law enforcementcan better prevent and punish spam, spyware, telemarketing and phishing intrusions intothe privacy of American homes and computers.
Mobile Spectrum Auctions and RulesMA:
What is your position on the mobile spectrum? Should government force openaccess or should it simply auction it off to the highest bidder and let the carriers decidewhat types of services to offer?
I will confront the entrenched Washington interests that have kept our publicairwaves from being maximized for the public’s interest. As president, I will demand areview of existing uses of our wireless spectrum. My bottom line is that rural Americaneeds more and better wireless broadband service, networks should be as open toinnovation as possible, and the consumer needs greater freedom and choice. We mustmake sure the nation’s airwaves are licensed to maximize their public benefit. Auctionshave most recently been conducted without sufficient incentives to encourage full useand competition. With respect to the upcoming 700 megahertz auction, many experts believe that this spectrum in question is the last remaining available space in theairwaves for auction with the promise to get wireless broadband deployed to everycommunity. I would have gone further than the Federal Communications Commissionhas done to date to make sure that this spectrum will be used and open to innovation, but I support the direction the FCC is moving in toward more competition andencouraging new entrants into this market and I will direct my administration’s FCC tocontinue moving in that direction.
The Digital DivideMA:
What is your opinion of the E-rate program? What else can be done to increaseaccess to technology in our schools? What can be done outside of schools to address thedigital divide more generally?
I consider the E-rate program a success because it has helped make broadbandnearly ubiquitous in America’s public schools and I am honored that Reed Hundt andBill Kennard, the FCC Chairmen under President Clinton who oversaw the plan’screation and implementation, have chosen to endorse my candidacy for President.Unfortunately, we have not made further progress under the Bush Administration and Iwill recommit America to ensuring that our schools, libraries, households and hospitalshave access to next generation broadband networks. I will also make sure that there areadequate training and other supplementary resources to allow every school, library andhospital to take full advantage of the broadband connectivity. In terms of bridging thedigital divide outside of schools, I will reform the two major programs which can drive