Washington D.C. (2-1`9-21) – House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Republican Subcommittee Leader for Communications and Technology Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement on a comprehensive package of 28 bills that aim to turbocharge public and private investment by promoting new and upgraded infrastructure deployments, boosting competition, streamlining permitting processes, facilitating broadband deployment on federal lands, and closing the digital divide in both rural and urban areas.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the challenges faced by families and workers who still do not have reliable access to the internet. This has prevented millions from accessing vital health care, remote work, and economic resources. Unreliable internet and limited broadband access has also set countless children back in school because of connectivity issues while far too many schools remain closed. It’s unacceptable and hurting the next generation. To make a strong comeback from this pandemic, every House Republican on Energy and Commerce is leading in the Boosting Broadband Connectivity Agenda so America closes the digital divide. This agenda will get education back on track and promote economic opportunity for all Americans across the entire country.”

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Leader Latta on why Republicans are leading on the Boosting Broadband Connectivity Agenda. He shared the story of Sara from Bloomdale, Ohio.

She’s a mom of three boys in elementary school who can’t access the internet from home. Sara told Latta, “My main request in reaching out to you is to ask if there is anything that can be done for all of us in the rural areas that are being held back academically and career wise because of the lack of access to stable internet.”

To close the digital divide for families like Sara’s, Energy and Commerce Republicans released 28 bills that will:

Promote New Infrastructure Deployment

Promote Deployment, Competition, and Consumer Choice through Collocation and Modifications to Existing Infrastructure

Remove Unnecessary or Duplicative Environmental and Historical Preservation Barriers

Promote Broadband Deployment on Federal Lands

CLICK HERE for a more detailed summary of these bills.


Subcommittees Communications and Technology (117th Congress)