The president of AT&T Illinois has been spending time at the Capitol in Springfield, trying to persuade lawmakers to write a new telecommunications law that will prioritize broadband and favor his company. Paul La Schiazza says he wants a piece of government business as well as consumer:
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“Public safety clearly is becoming more dependent on (our new) technologies; from police departments that use face recognition tools to identify a suspect to folks in an ambulance that can send immediate diagnostic information to the hospital, this is actually saving lives and cutting down crime,” he said. La Schiazza says the new law should reflect a world in which fewer people have a landline telephone in their homes.