By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-11-21
As advertised, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), has re-introduced a bill to close the digital divide by connecting everyone to the Internet at high speeds – 1 Gig is the goal.
“Internet access will have the same dramatic impact on rural communities as the rural electrification efforts in the last century,” Clyburn tweeted of the bill, which he previewed at the INCOMPAS virtual conference last month. “This pandemic has further widened the digital divide and exposed the urgent need to enact the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act,” said Clyburn.
It may be affordable, but the price tag for the government will be $100 billion. » Read More