Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
SAN FRANCISCO (AUGUST 10, 2021) -- The Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today, totaling nearly $1 trillion, with $65 billion set aside for broadband and historic levels of support for digital inclusion.
The bill includes funds to support investments in broadband infrastructure to all unserved and underserved communities, a program to ensure affordable access to broadband service at home, and a program to invest in digital citizenship and digital inclusion to ensure everyone can make the best use of their access to technology. Common Sense Media provided the foundational research that informed the short-term Emergency Connectivity Fund, and has been advocating for long-term solutions to address the digital divide for students, teachers and all families and businesses, through a major broadband infrastructure investment like the one approved by the Senate.
Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, issued the following statement and applauds President Biden and the bipartisan working group of senators for including broadband infrastructure investment that takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the digital divide:
"The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest single effort to close the digital divide and ensure all Americans can access the benefits of digital technology at home and at work. The bill seeks to ensure that every family and business in America will have access to future proof fiber optic broadband networks that will enable all Americans to fully access education, healthcare, government services, remote work, and important social and civic engagement. The broadband sections of this important infrastructure bill touch on all of the elements needed to close the digital divide -- investments in broadband infrastructure itself, programs to make the internet affordable, rules to ensure equitable broadband deployment, and support for digital inclusion. While Common Sense believes there is still more broadband investment needed than what is in this good package -- for example, to continue the critical Emergency Connectivity Fund designed to ensure equitable access to education by providing students and teachers with access to home broadband service and devices that meet the specific needs of digital curriculum -- we congratulate the Administration and Congress for its work so far and look forward to this important bill becoming law soon and to further investment being made in this vital sector."
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Lisa Cohen, Common Sense Media