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Rep. Williams Fights for Rural Texas Communities in Need of Broadband

Oct 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act to empower states to carry out their own broadband programs and ensure low-income individuals have access to low-cost broadband services. The bill would create a $10 billion State Broadband Program where governors receive funds based on the number of unserved individuals in their state and then partner with broadband service providers to build out networks.

“I’m proud to introduce the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act to level the playing field and expand internet access for all Texans. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than two million Texas residents didn’t have access to reliable internet and a staggering 18 million Americans nationwide had no access at all. Now that we’re in the midst of a once-in-a-generation public health crisis, digital access to resources and virtual health care delivery has never been more paramount,” said Congressman Williams. “By empowering states to direct funding to unserved and low-income areas so they can receive services that best fit their needs, they are given the freedom to grow and flourish.”

The bill also provides a platform for consumers to access information on the broadband options available to them and allow them the capability to enter their own financial information to see if they qualify for any state or federal subsidy programs.

Click here to view bill text.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.