For years, Rep. James Clyburn has pushed and sponsored legislation to make high-speed internet accessible and affordable nationwide.
Now, as the House prepares to vote Thursday on the bipartisan infrastructure deal, the South Carolina Democrat said he hopes for a watershed moment.
The sweeping Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a key component of the Biden-Harris administration’s domestic agenda. If passed, the $1.2 trillion package would make investments in transit, rail, ports, airports, water, roads, the environment and more. Its provisions include $65 billion in new funding for broadband infrastructure and affordability assistance, with equitable investments targeting populations that need it most.
“Access to broadband today will have the same dramatic impact on communities as the electrification efforts in the last century,” Clyburn said. “The disparate effects of the digital divide have been amplified during…