Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.
At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain's work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, "You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create."
I suspect the guy's confusing what McCain helped create; that claim would be valid of the current economy.
Last year, I was asked for help by his staff regarding Internet issues, an honest approach. They didn't know what Net Neutrality was, quite understandable… but that contradicts the claims here. Bottom line is that we've fallen behind the world on key technology deployment like broadband.
McCain also "innovated" regarding telecom in the sense that he fought against it. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first big improvement in that area since the thirties and led to much new tech deployment. McCain voted against, but it passed 81-18.