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And it's so far produced really good outcomes, the four G standards that are the basis of the American communications networks were put through three GDP. We hope to see the same thing play out with five G. Right, right. So I want to switch now a little bit. I mean to the digital Konami. And then I have a couple more questions. You have questions will be going out to the audience. So part of it putting this together we wanted to the entitled as the conversation with David radio. Because I think you're a rockstar right here. Right. But we started with this new emerging digital economy jerk digital Kadhamy, according to the bureau labor statistics. It's actually generating exponential numbers when it comes to jobs. We're seeing digital commerce sales increase at the same time. We're seeing disruption of traditional industries, whether it's transport, energy, etc. It's commerce monitoring this change, you know, in terms of where people will fall in terms of work. How industries will look different will. We see latte land basis where old manufacturers used to be. We're going to see this next technology revolution Davis shift the way things did with the manufacturing revolution. I think some of that remains to be seen hit the nail on the head. Which is that the digital economy continues to be a growing part of our national comedy digital economy in two thousand sixteen represented one point two trillion dollars at six and a half percent of our economy supported four million or so jobs. That's that's a not insignificant portion of our national workforce in our national Christmas product and things are continuing to move that direction. And I think what we're seeing is is a number of the traditional industries. You mentioned are now trying to grapple with. How do we keep up with the pace of innovation? One of the most interesting places we're seeing that play out for us. And this is something that I worked on when I worked for chairman Upton and chairman Walden. And now, I get to see from this side is I net I net for those that don't know the first responder network authority was created in twenty twelve by the middle class tax relief and job creation act. And essentially what it is. An independent authority within anti whose job it is to produce a nationwide interoperable broadband network for our public safety first responders, they undertook a long process to do a contract vehicle, and now have deployed and are deploying across the country with ata network partner, providing broadband to public safety first responders that is for them where they get priority on the network. They get preemption on the network. And frankly, when we were looking at this on Capitol Hill for our bosses, one of the things we wanted to make sure we could do was bridge the gap between the pace of technological change in the wireless industry and the pace of technological adoption by public safety public safety. First responders couldn't keep up with the pace. And it was one of those things where just when you're ready to invest in technology, the technology changes. So how did you bring those two things together? This was a way to say, okay. We're gonna. Take that on. We'll bridge that gap will bring the the commercial sector in to be your partner. And I think it's playing out the way we hoped it would AT and T and Verizon are competing vigorously for public safety customers in a way, we didn't see five years ago. Right. And so I think that is a microcosm of the things we're seeing in other places because public safety first responders. Technology is not their first priority right saving. Our lives is their first priority. But they're now having to adjust in the same way a lot of our workforce is having to address rate. How do we deal with the change of technology? And how it's changing the way I've always done my job. That's right. I think it's important to also note the work that the White House is doing on the future of our workforce and apprenticeship and we've been we've been really excited to be providing some support to our colleagues in the White House in terms of how that can happen in the technology space, particularly the wireless industry because with five G coming. There will be a lot of opportunity for growth in that space. And we have to have a workforce who is eligible to do that work. One of the more interesting projects, we're working on that. I wanted to take a minute to talk about that talks about not necessarily the workforce in a specific sector, but trying to take broadband into places where it can be used as a stimulus for other things. And we've partnered and tell you has partnered with the historically black colleges and universities of North Carolina. Oh, oh, well, we've been doing with them is a pilot project to make sure we get broadband into the universities and work with them to create a center where that will help they'll surrounding communities where it's not just on the campus. But you're using that as a way to help the communities around these universities to become more digitally literate to understand the value of broadband to want to adopt broadband because there's the challenge that we face in terms of deployment and getting it out. But we also have an adoption challenge country. I know this is something, you know. Well, we worked on this over the years. Have a book coming out on that? But we do have an adoption challenge. Also, I there is there is there is a significant percentage of the US population. Who doesn't see the value in having a home broadband connection or engaging in the digital economy and anything we can do to help further digital inclusion? I think is a is a good for the country shameless. Plug my book coming out and Brookings press is about digital visibility. And how the internet could potentially be creating new underclass primarily because what you said, but digital Connie is shaping the way people live, learn earn and the extent to which we have people actually getting on the bandwagon of digital access. Not just a deployment a binary. I haven't I don't have it. But engaging in ways where they can actually five jobs or connect to the sharing economy, etc. Is really critical, and I see Maureen Lewis who's done a lot of work at NCI. And this is well, it's more Maureen Marin has been great on these issues and continues to just be driving forward in a way that is helping us not only advanced the project or working on the way. Hey, we look at the challenge. Right. Yeah. Champion pie yesterday gave a digital divide speech is part of connected compete, which brings me to this question, which is sort of, you know, part of my the foundation of the book that I'm writing comes out in two thousand nineteen. Share? You know, should we have an inter agency task force to ensure with all of these new innovations that will make sure that no one gets left behind because macabre perspective, if you know industries are changing jobs are being be purpose, but Sheen's are out numbering humans. You know, where are we going to be as a country in terms of our national competitiveness, if a huge proportion of people that sit on the Ron Senator divide cannot get it. So we in addition to the work we've been doing on the adoption side. We're also spending a lot of time as I mentioned on the infrastructure challenge. And one of the projects I haven't talked about that our our team at broadband USA has been heavily engaged in is helping to map the problem. We learned some tough lessons in two thousand nine and two thousand ten in the stimulus Bill in the stimulus Bill. There was a lot of money four point seven billion dollars that we put out from the private of commerce and department of agriculture to help provide a stimulus for broadband investment. Unfortunately, because of the way the law was structured a lot of that money the decisions about where to invest that money was made in the absence of good data about where we had a real challenge. There wasn't mapping component. But that wasn't done until after the grants had already been given a Brookings Institution discussion on data privacy with assistant commerce secretary for communications and information, David Rendel. We went back to congress earlier this year and said we want to help solve the problem and asked for an additional appropriation to help improve the FCC's broadband map. FCC does one using their FCC form four seventy seven. And it's it's great as a tool for what they're using it for. But it only tells part of the story, and so congress had asked us, can you help tell the rest of the story, they gave us a seven and a half million dollar appropriation and said go out and improve that Matt do it in a way that will help us in the federal government make better decisions. And so the Braga was engage in that. Now, we're we're trying to figure out how can we make the best use of this money? Having put a platform that will provide go no go type of information about making investment where we don't have service. Right. And that's that's a real chance. There are in fact, still parts of the country where it is a challenge to get service at all. Oh, don't. Yeah. Yeah. You think so it's interesting if you go to hours away from here you start going into down safe Virginia, you run into places where I had I had an interesting story. I was taking my kids to camp and my GPS kept going out because there was no service. And I kept having to go back to the main down to pick up the service. So a two hour trip turned into a four hour trip. But do you think that will be able to do a better job at NTIA on the mapping data because it's been critique that getting this information is very difficult. David. There's no question. It's a challenge. The to be honest. We asked for this challenge because we think we can add value. If we didn't think we could add value. We wouldn't have gone to congress and said give us some money and help let us let us help solve the problem. Is it going to be flipping a switch and all of a sudden it will be solved, of course. Not. I mean, there are scant few logical challenges that are that simple. Right. Right. And this hopefully is both a technological challenge. A societal challenge and trying to overcome both varies is going to be difficult. But the upside we have is we have an existing network. A folks in the states who wanna work with us brother in USA at which came out of the stimulus Bill that was part of the two thousand nine stimulus has gone on since then to maintain what we call the state, broadband leaders network and CBS leaders network is points of contact an individual folks in state government who are tasked with promoting broadband in their state. We bring these groups together through phone conferences and in-person meetings over the course of the year and try to share best practices. What's worked? What hasn't what works in the north? But doesn't work in the south 'cause you have different climate challenges. What works in middle America. What works in in the coast. These are all very interesting challenges and only by bringing all these groups together. Can you sort of get the kind of information sharing you really want to get out of it? It has also meant that as we look to do mapping. We have a group of people. We can go to and say what have you been doing mapping some states have? Really just not out of the park with their work going forward. I said this before and I'll say it Minnesota. Yeah. Now, we both got an opportunity to see the Minnesota. Yeah. We we both had a chance to talk to to Danna who is is at the Minnesota department of employment economic development, and Minnesota has really taken a leadership role in trying to attack the challenge of how we bring broadband to every Minnesotan. They're very far down the path of doing. And so these are the kinds of people we want to partner with and say how can we help? How can we learn from what you've done? How can we bring.