Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration announced a new $45 billion Internet for All initiative with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
“With today’s bold action, the Biden-Harris Administration and Congressional Democrats are taking another key step to ensure that working families can succeed in the 21st Century economy. By investing $45 billion in the Department of Commerce’s visionary Internet for All initiative, Democrats will expand economic opportunity in every corner of the nation – helping our children thrive at school, empowering parents to reach the middle class and bringing communities closer together. This new effort also builds on the recent launch of GetInternet.gov, a new resource to help millions of Americans lower their internet costs.
“House Democrats proudly fought for and won historic investments in our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to advance justice for underserved communities. For far too long, unreliable internet access has created unfair barriers to opportunity – disproportionately harming communities of color, rural communities and our seniors. By providing affordable, reliable, high-speed internet service to all Americans by the end of the decade, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their fulfillment. Channeling the key tenets of Whip Jim Clyburn’s Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, the Administration’s new initiative will deliver affordable plans for all income levels, promote digital inclusion and strengthen community engagement. Now, we must continue working to ensure that consumers have access to a fair, competitive internet marketplace.
“As we deliver this transformative investment for America’s families, House Democrats are continuing our fight to Build a Better America: creating good jobs, growing paychecks and lowering costs.”
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