Obama promotes plan for near universal wireless in US

MARQUETTE, Michigan — Saying tomorrow's economy can't thrive on yesterday's infrastructure, US President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his five-year plan to lure new industries and jobs to the US by expanding high-speed wireless to 98 percent of the country.
Obama kept in touch with his security team throughout the trip and opened his remarks at Northern Michigan University with brief comments on the events overseas, where Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appeared close to resigning.
Obama made the comments in this snowy, Upper Michigan university town where many small businesses owe their success to high-speed Internet access.
"For our families and businesses, high-speed wireless is the next train station, the next off-ramp, Obama said. "It's how we'll spark new innovation, new investments and new jobs," he said at Northern Michigan University, a wired campus where the students telecommute.