Technology and Communications

Innovation in technology and communications has revolutionized the way we do business, connect with one another, and lead our daily lives. American companies and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of cutting-edge work in this sphere. They play a critical role in everything from the development of creative apps and the latest advances in smartphones to the widespread deployment of broadband and next generation of wireless service.

Colorado is home to some of the best and brightest players in the high-tech industry that help drive American ingenuity and our national economy. Aerospace engineers, electronics manufacturers, and software developers are scattered across our state working every day to keep Colorado and the United States leading the world. To further strengthen our tech workforce, I’ve introduced the CHANCE in Tech Act with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) to encourage an industry-driven approach to creating apprenticeships and closing the technology skills gap.

In order to maintain this position and succeed in the 21st century, we need a regulatory environment and policy approach that encourages innovation and growth. That means freeing up more government spectrum for forward-thinking pursuits in the marketplace, supporting investment in broadband for rural and underserved areas, and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on companies looking to expand and hire more employees. That’s why I’ve introduced the AIRWAVES Act with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to ease congestion for more wireless devices in urban areas and to invest in the buildout of our rural telecommunications networks.

We must also continue to promote research and development across the private sector and federal government. Colorado boasts more than two dozen federal laboratories that sustain thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment, including efforts I’ve strongly supported at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Institute for Telecommunications Sciences, which works to advance spectrum research and improve wireless technologies. The work conducted at these facilities ensures that the United States will remain competitive with our top rivals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other fields for years to come.

Investment in advancing technology and improving our communications networks is one of the keys to a brighter future. A renewed focus on these industries will benefit American consumers, grow Colorado’s economy, and secure our position as the world’s greatest innovator.