Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) urging Congress take steps to close the digital divide.
Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bill that would authorize $20 billion for new broadband infrastructure targeting rural communities. The bill, “The New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017,” would also make it easier for small communities to obtain grants and loans for broadband infrastructure. Additionally, it would create a new Tribal Broadband Assistance Program to help provide high-speed internet access for tribal communities.
When was the last time you made a doctor appointment, enrolled your children in school, or scheduled an interview for a job without using a telephone? Chances are, you used a telephone to call the doctor and potential employer, and your daughter’s school required you to write down a telephone number for emergency contact. Having access to a telephone has long been a societal requirement to complete basic daily functions. But increasingly, telephone access alone is not sufficient.