Bipartisan bill will study effects of broadband on the US economy

A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill to study the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the US economy. The Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act is sponsored by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). Sponsors of the Senate companion bill are Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus.

“Widespread access to strong broadband Internet will help bridge the divide for rural Americans to participate in the gains of the digital economy,” said Rep. Khanna. “The federal government has an obligation to study the economics of broadband, produce reliable data, and ensure communities can make informed decisions for their local economies.” 

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Release: Rep. Khanna introduces bipartisan legislation to study effects of broadband on the economy (US House, July 10, 2019)