Connect Americans Now (CAN) Encourages U.S. House to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill As Critical Down Payment Toward Bridging Digital Divide

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Will Help Increase Digital Equity and Add to Positive Momentum for Action on Permanent Solutions

Press Release
September 30, 2021
Contact: Jon Conradi
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Washington, D.C. – Connect Americans Now (CAN) executive director Richard T. Cullen released the following statement Thursday encouraging lawmakers in the U.S House to pass the bipartisan infrastructure package that includes $65 billion in resources that will help close America’s digital divide.

“The bipartisan infrastructure package will mark a critical down payment toward bridging the digital divide to ensure an affordable, reliable broadband connection for every American,” said Connect Americans Now Executive Director Richard T. Cullen. “While much more will need to be done to permanently close the broadband gap, Connect Americans Now encourages House lawmakers to avoid delay and swiftly pass this important first step that will help increase digital equity.”

“Lawmakers must then capitalize on the positive momentum for action by advancing additional solutions to permanently close the broadband gap through broadband deployment, adoption and digital skilling,” Cullen added. “Now more than ever, creating good jobs, lifting wages, reducing poverty, improving health outcomes and strengthening education depends on affordable, reliable broadband connectivity and access to digital devices and skills in every American community.”

Connect Americans Now (CAN) is a broad-based coalition of more than 300 companies and organizations representing leading voices in agriculture, education, health care, veterans’ issues, technology and small business — committed to urgent action to completely eliminate the digital divide in every American community.

Read CAN’s statement following the U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill HERE.

Learn more about how the bipartisan infrastructure package will help bridge the digital divide HERE.

Read more on CAN and our mission HERE.


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