Former Oklahoma congressman and NFL Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent testified in front of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Wednesday to talk about the growth potential of the wireless industry in Washington state.
Largent is now the president and CEO of CTIA, an advocacy group for wireless companies.
“A lot of people don’t think about this, but our industry accounts for almost three percent of all U.S. employment in the country,” Largent said.
Committee chair Sen. Doug Ericksen, (R-Ferndale) called the work session to look at the “things we can be doing better to encourage job growth” of the wireless industry.
Largent said that the industry is valued at about $200 billion, and that every dollar invested in wireless technology is estimated to create an additional $7 to $10 in the nation’s GDP.
And the advances in technology are not just creating new jobs, but changing lives in other ways as well.
“We’re no longer really a phone business. It’s a phone business and other things,” said another CTIA spokesman, Jim Schuler, as he introduced a video showing how smart phones can be used to help control electronic prosthetic limbs.
Another video showed how wireless technology is being integrated in classrooms. Kids work through math problems on tablets, make videos of how to solve problems and connect with teachers outside of the classroom for help.
Watch the hearing below: