Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the FCC’s upcoming vote to implement provisions from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure everyone has high-speed internet access, regardless of their zip code. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Last month, my colleagues and I wrote the FCC urging them to adopt a number of key principles from our Infrastructure Law that fight against digital discrimination and ensures equal access to high speed internet.
Well, I have good news: the FCC heard us loud and clear, and will vote tomorrow to implement the provisions I pushed with my colleagues to ensure everyone can access high-speed internet, no matter what zip-code they live in.
The digital divide has caused our country so much damage: it has shut out rural, urban, and low-income Americans, including far too many women and people of color, for whom basic internet access remains unavailable or unaffordable. I’m proud of the great work we did to address the digital divide in our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Now, I encourage all of the FCC Commissioners to take advantage of the provisions in our Infrastructure Law so that underserved communities can access high speed internet just like everybody else.