President Joe Biden is talking up the high-speed internet provision of his signature infrastructure bill.
Rejuvenating America’s infrastructure was a major point of Biden’s campaign, and he has been working to pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation. His plans received a big boost when a bipartisan group of senators announced a deal to push the bill forward.
An important part of the infrastructure bill is a provision aimed at improving broadband for American households. The US has long suffered from a “digital divide” — the disparity between the quality of internet in cities, versus what is available in rural communities. The infrastructure bill includes funds designed to help close that divide and provide high-speed access to more households than ever before.
“This bipartisan deal is the most important investment in public transit in American history and the most important investment in rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago,” Biden said in a statement. “It will deliver high speed internet to every American.” (italics ours)
That statement is good news for individuals and households that have dealt with subpar internet speeds for far too long.