Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband
Access to technology and the internet is key to academic and economic success. Broadband connectivity is no longer a privilege but a necessity in today's society. It's crucial to drive innovation and support job growth. Without these essential tools, kids and families fall behind their peers and are at a disadvantage in the classroom, at their jobs, and in life. It is up to Congress to ensure that all families, no matter their ZIP codes, have reliable access to the internet. Currently, the federal government does not measure the economic impact on those who have broadband versus those who do not. To ensure all families are connected, we must have current, reliable, and accurate data to show the impact.
The Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), and Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) would require the Secretary of Commerce, through the Bureau of Economic Analysis, to conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy, considering employment, job creation, business head count, online commerce, income, education, distance learning, telehealth, telework, agriculture, population growth, population density, broadband speed, and geography.
- Requires the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy and provide a report following one year of enactment.
- Supports research of broadband that considers employment, job creation, income, education, distance learning, telehealth, telework, agriculture, population growth, population density, broadband speed, and geography.
- Empowers policymakers to make more informed decisions about broadband, connecting underserved communities and keeping America competitive in a digital world.