Doyle Cosponsors Rural Broadband Task Force Bill
Washington, DC – June 26, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced he is a cosponsor of H.R. 7302, the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, which was introduced by the House Rural Broadband Task Force to build a high-speed broadband infrastructure in order to serve the 18 million Americans who currently have no broadband access.
“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that all Americans are connected. Today, high-speed broadband is the glue that holds our economy and our society together. As we look to the challenges ahead, one thing is clear: broadband will only become more critical to our society.
“Millions of Americans still lack access to broadband service, and many more cannot afford it. We need to close the affordability gap and ensure that families are not left behind. We have also seen during the current health crisis that for the many families who don’t have broadband, their kids are trying to learn from home but are being left behind. We need to do better.
“I’m proud to have worked with my good friend House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to draft this legislation and to introduce it. We are committed to closing the digital divide in our country and giving all Americans the tools and resources they need to live, to learn, and to succeed in the 21st Century.”
H.R. 7302, the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, would invest more than $100 billion in the deployment of high-speed internet to unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban areas across the country.
This legislation would promote universal broadband access by investing $80 billion in the deployment of broadband infrastructure nationwide, providing $5 billion for low-interest financing of broadband deployment, and establishing a new office within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to oversee the efficient use of this federal funding.
H.R. 7302 would ensure internet affordability by requiring a low-cost option for internet service plans offered on new infrastructure, providing a $50 discount on plans for low-income consumers, and directing the FCC to collect and publicize data on prices charged for broadband service throughout the country.
Finally, it would promote internet adoption by providing $1 billion to establish new grant programs to close gaps in broadband adoption and $5 billion to support remote learning for students without internet access.
This legislation is included in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which would invest $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure, create jobs, and put the United States on the path to a cleaner environment. Congressman Doyle is a cosponsor of this larger package, which House Democrats are working to pass swiftly.