Washington, D.C. — Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and five other co-sponsors have introduced a bipartisan bill that would facilitate an analysis of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. The bill would require a government study on how broadband affects many aspects of our economy, considering job creation, online commerce, and broadband speeds. Drawing on information from key government agencies, as well as experts and industry stakeholders, the analysis will help policymakers understand the importance of connectivity, and how the advent of advanced technologies like 5G can foster emerging innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT).

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications President and CEO Ed Black:

“Connectivity is crucial to economic growth and American competitiveness, and we support this effort to better understand the virtuous and dynamic benefits of broadband access. All industries now rely on broadband connections to run their operations and reach their customers. No longer is there the digital economy — the entire economy is digital. The analysis that this bill calls for should help show how broadband fosters the development of new technologies, industries, and jobs. We hope the study will also highlight the importance of competitive networks to encourage higher speed broadband access and better pricing.”

For media inquiries: Heather Greenfield: hgreenfield@ccianet.org

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