When COVID-19 began sweeping across our nation in March, I knew Congress must take deliberate action to keep our economy afloat and our communities protected. As a small business owner, it was clear that nearly every industry would require relief as they adapted to new government mandates and forced closures.
It’s crucial for the growth of our nation that we ensure each student has access to high-quality broadband. That’s why I introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act in order to empower states like Texas to utilize broadband networks that best fit the needs of our rural communities.
More than two million Texas residents didn’t have access to reliable internet before the pandemic, according to the Texas comptroller, while a staggering 18 million Americans nationwide had no access at all, per a 2020 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report.