Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) released the following statement today after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released several notices of funding opportunities to implement its new Internet for All program, funding for which comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
“The NTIA has done superb work in kicking off the process to get Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding out to states and communities across the country, and today’s announcement is a testament to the agency’s commitment to working with Congress and President Biden to bridge the digital divide. This announcement is a road map for ensuring that everyone – regardless of income or zip code – can both access and afford reliable high-speed internet service and we’re grateful for the hard work that went into it.
“We are especially pleased that the Internet for All program promotes strong labor standards and reflects the priorities that we and other Democratic Committee members advocated for earlier this year. NTIA’s announcement prioritizes affordability, future-proof networks, digital inclusion, and competition, all while bringing local communities together around these transformational broadband projects. Internet service has become fundamental to our society, and we’re glad to have a committed partner in Administrator Davidson as we keep fighting to ensure every American has reliable, affordable access.”