Otellini Named to Obama Jobs Council

By Cindy Waxer February 20, 2011

Following a visit to Intel Corp.’s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Ore., President Barak Obama is expected to name Intel CEO Paul Otellini to an advisory council responsible for promoting economic growth and job creation in the U.S.

That’s according to a
report from the Associated Press which reveals that Otellini, who has been critical of the administration’s poor track record in driving consumer confidence and business growth, will appear with Obama today. Created last month, the council also includes General Electric Co. chief executive Jeffrey Immelt as its chairman.

As reported by TechZone360.com this week, as he travels the West Coast, Obama threw a party last night and invited some of the biggest names in the tech industry. According to a report by the Associated Press, Obama threw the dinner party at a private home in the San Francisco Bay area and invitees included Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, and Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. About a dozen business leaders met with the President last evening.

There’s no official word on what was discussed but Obama did emphasize the need for expanded broadband access in his recent State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress.

"Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans," Obama said. "This isn't just about a faster Internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age."

The President is also in the market for Internet-killing powers, according to a recent article from Wired.com. The popular news site reveals that legislation that could authorize the President to kill access to today’s so-called “critical infrastructure” is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee. The bill’s chief sponsor is Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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