Rubio woos tech companies with promises of more airwaves, collaboration with government labs

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Rubio also said the United States must formalize its opposition to a proposal that would give the United Nations a greater role in governing the Internet. Rubio said the proposal is foolhardy and runs counter to the United States' goal of spreading democracy and human rights.

Rubio's 40-minute slate of policy ideas included "an interstate energy pipeline system" to transport oil and natural gas from the fields to consumers. He also proposed ending the ban on crude oil exports that has been in place since the 1970s.

Republicans have been highly critical of the United States' energy policies under President Barack Obama, claiming he has fought a "war on coal" and delayed a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Rubio acknowledged that energy production is up 15 percent since 2005 before adding it could be higher.

"Selling some of our vast energy resources will lead to explosive growth and higher paying jobs here at home," he said.

And in a further nod to the tech sector, Rubio said he would continue to push bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for private companies to collaborate with government-funded labs at NASA, the Pentagon and the National Institutes of Health.

Such collaboration could be worth billions to companies.

"Our network of national labs has also long been a leading source of research," Rubio said. "But they currently lack the ability to work with the private sector to translate this into American jobs."


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