Finding 4.1. The most dynamic IT sector is likely to be in the country with the most demanding IT customers and consumers.

Finding 4.2. In terms of nationwide availability, use, and speed of broadband, the United States—the inventor of broadband technology—has been losing ground compared with other nations.

Recommendation 4.1. The United States should establish an ambitious target for regaining and holding a decisive lead in the broad deployment of affordable gigabit broadband services. Federal and state regulators should explore models and approaches that reduce regulatory and jurisdictional bottlenecks and should increase incentives for investment in these services.

Recommendation 4.2. Government (federal, state, and local) should foster commercial innovation and itself make strategic investments in IT R&D and deployment so that the United States can retain a global lead position in areas where it has particular mission requirements.

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