UPDATED 7:27 AM PT — Monday, May 4, 2020
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D) has welcomed Republican support to include investments in broadband in the next phase of COVID-19 legislation.
In a Twitter post Saturday, Clyburn said House Democrats unveiled a plan this week to provide Americans with “accessible and affordable broadband internet.”
The coronavirus pandemic is making clear to all that broadband is the ‘next greatest thing’ for many in the 21st century.
That’s why this week, House Democrats announced our plan to connect all Americans with accessible, affordable broadband internet. pic.twitter.com/kK6ovrb43n
— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) May 2, 2020
The legislation will invest $80 billion to expand access to a secure broadband infrastructure with a focus on under-served and poverty stricken communities nationwide. It will also allocate $5 billion on “low-interest financing of broadband deployment.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the digital divide that exists in our great country,” said Clyburn. “Families that lack accessible, affordable high-speed internet are unable to work from home, learn remotely and consult with medical professionals via telemedicine…these are all critical components to our ability to be safe, healthy and productive during this crisis.”
Clyburn also stated he was happy to hear recent reports that Republicans have voiced support to include broadband investment in future coronavirus response legislation.