Third Way Statement on the Bicameral Broadband Legislation, The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act
WASHINGTON — Third Way issued the following statement from Gabe Horwitz, Senior Vice President, Economic Program:
"We are thrilled to see the continued leadership by House and Senate Democrats to deliver broadband for all. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Jim Clyburn, and so many of their Democratic colleagues have reaffirmed the essential commitment to go big and ensure everyone has access to high-speed broadband and can afford it.
"For over a decade, Third Way has called on Congress to expand broadband access and affordability, including our most recent proposal in 2019 to get all Americans connected and give everyone a fair shot at the economic opportunities that come with broadband. Access to high-speed broadband is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity to learn, work, and connect. But, unfortunately, tens of millions either don’t have access or cannot afford it. And we know that broadband availability is lower in counties that have significant African American and Native American populations as well as in areas that have experienced outsized business loss.
"As Democrats work to make this legislative effort a reality, we hope they continue to go big. To get the most out of federal resources, we should recognize what has already been invested and prioritize efforts that will connect the most unserved homes. And we shouldn’t discriminate between different providers or technologies—everyone and everything that could potentially serve communities lacking broadband should be able to participate.
"America used to set ambitious goals and do big things. In the 1930s, we embarked on a massive rural electrification push to connect every American to power. In the 1950s, we built a system of highways to connect communities across the country. Now we need a new and equally ambitious effort to connect every single American to broadband and the digital age. We applaud Senator Klobuchar, Rep. Clyburn, and their Democratic colleagues for continuing to fight for this essential issue."