Biden’s American Jobs Plan Increases Investments in Broadband Infrastructure
Center for Connected Health Policy
April 13, 2021
President Biden’s recently released American Jobs Plan includes $100 billion to increase access to affordable, reliable, and high-speed broadband throughout the country.
President Biden’s recently released American Jobs Plan includes $100 billion to increase access to affordable, reliable, and high-speed broadband throughout the country. Comparing digital infrastructure today to affordable access to electricity in the 1930s, the Fact Sheet on the Plan released by the White House states how the pandemic has highlighted existing disparities related to the digital divide and the lack of broadband access to more than 30 million Americans. The $100 billion investment will prioritize broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas to reach 100% high-speed broadband coverage. It also sets aside funds for tribal lands and promotes broadband providers less focused on profits, such as those affiliated with municipalities, and seeks to improve price transparency and competition among internet service providers. The plan will include internet subsidies to low-income consumers, but states that in the long-term, the President is committed to working with Congress to reduce internet prices negating the need for such short-term solutions. The full Fact Sheet on The American Jobs Plan can be accessed on the White House website, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/.