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Senator Brian Schatz Named in New Leadership Role

January 20, 2015, 1:25 PM HST
* Updated January 20, 1:27 PM
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On Tuesday, United States Senator Brian Schatz was chosen to serve as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Communication, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, which oversees matters that relate to the telecommunications industry.

“I am looking forward to serving as the lead Democrat on this subcommittee,” Senator Schatz said. “Innovation and technology are some of the biggest drivers of our economy and can help solve some of today’s toughest challenges. In my new role, one of my top priorities will be increasing access to broadband across the country and throughout Hawai’i. Open and fast internet access is critical for residents and businesses across the islands and will create high quality jobs and help Hawai’i diversify its economy.”

Agencies within the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction include the Federal Communications Commission, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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