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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Superhighways' a German Priority

BONN -- The German government and leading businessmen from the computer, telecommunications and media industries have announced plans to step up construction of "information superhighways." Technology Minister Paul Kr--ger said German industry must carve out a niche for itself in the development of new interactive communications and entertainment products or run the risk of falling behind. "We must be able in the short term to project a German position against American and Japanese competition," he said. The initiative reflects the government's desire in an election year to show it is steering the country toward new industries that will be the driving force behind economic growth and job creation.