Comments to the FCC Regarding Implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Prevention and Elimination of Digital Discrimination
Introduction and Summary
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“IIJA”) provides the federal government with the resources necessary to close the digital divide based on lack of service in certain geographic areas and make broadband available to all Americans. ITIF appreciates this opportunity to comment on how the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Notice”) should implement the provisions of the IIJA related to purported “digital discrimination.” The Commission’s primary goal in this rulemaking should be adherence to the text of the statute and to close the digital divide. For these reasons, the Commission should pay close attention to the structure of the statute and the impact its policies would have on the statute’s goals.