WASHINGTON—With the U.S. Senate finalizing a bipartisan infrastructure package that includes significant investments to close the digital divide, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from Doug Brake, ITIF’s director of broadband and spectrum policy:
The broadband portions of this bill are far from perfect. Firmer guardrails would reduce the risk of wasteful overbuilding and ensure government support is effective in bringing as many people online as possible. There is a good deal of ambiguity in the bill as it stands—its virtues and vices will depend greatly on how it is implemented. Nevertheless, it likely represents the best path forward for a much-needed and historic investment to close the digital divide. I hope the House will take the baton and bring this over the finish line soon.
For more on this issue, please see:
- Robert D. Atkinson and Doug Brake, “Refining the Biden Broadband Proposal” (ITIF, May 2021).
- Doug Brake and Alexandra Bruer, “How to Bridge the Rural Broadband Gap Once and For All” (ITIF, March 2021).