By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-12-16
President Obama stuck generally to the “vision thing” in his last State of the Union (SOTU) speech, talking about his vision of America as a strong, compassionate country that takes care of the poor, the environment, and its business at home and abroad. But he also worked in some specifics that resonated with the media community, including trade and an open Internet.
He talked about the need for technological innovation, something Consumer Technology Association had said needed to be in the speech, but did not spend much time on specifics.
He also listed Open Internet rules among the things he said his Administration has done to nurture that spirit of innovation. “We’ve protected an open internet, and taken bold new steps to get more students and low-income Americans online,” he said, an apparent reference to the FCC’s E-rate program to boost online access by schools and libraries.
He also called for congressional passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal backed by the Hollywood TV and movie studios. » Read More