Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, Applauds Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Urges Speedy Action on Build Back Better
SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2021) -- Late last night, the U.S House of Representatives passed and sent to President Biden for his signature the largest single investment in infrastructure in history. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, totaling $1.2 trillion, invests $65 billion in broadband to close the digital divide and has historic levels of support for digital inclusion, two top priorities at Common Sense. CEO and co-founder Jim Steyer issued the following statement.
"Congress has made it official - America will now finally make the largest single investment ever to close the digital divide and ensure that every home and business has high-speed broadband access needed to thrive. The infrastructure bill passed by the House and sent to President Biden for his signature is expected to create millions of jobs and address critically needed improvement to water quality, the climate, roads, bridges and our ports. And the bill promotes equitable access to broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities, supports programs to ensure affordable access to broadband service at home, and creates a first-of-its-kind program to invest in digital citizenship and digital inclusion to ensure everyone can make the best use of technology.
Access to reliable, high speed broadband internet, which, as the past year has made clear, is an essential component in modern education, healthcare, government services, remote work, and civil society. The broadband section of this bipartisan bill addresses all major elements of the digital divide -- it expands broadband infrastructure with investments in future-proof technology, provides funding to make internet service more affordable, builds rules to ensure equitable access to broadband, and creates a first-of-its-kind program to promote digital inclusion and digital citizenship.
Common Sense congratulates the Administration and Congress for their work on this historic bill, and we look forward next to speedy passage of the Build Back Better Act later this month and its investment to continue to cut child poverty in half, make child care and health care more affordable for families, and continue the Emergency Connectivity Fund to help all of America's children and families. Together, these two bills will ensure that every American can access the benefits of digital technology and so much more."
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