87.6 F
New York
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Broadband For All?

Must read

This Day in History: August 11th

Author Alex Haley Was Born With works such as Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, journalist and...

This Day in History, August 11th

On August 11, 1965, more than 30,000 people in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood began rioting after the arrest of a young African American motorist....

This Day in History, August 10th

Anna Julia Cooper, educator, educator, the fourth Black American woman to earn a PhD (in history from the Sorbonne in 1924) and author of A...

Financial Wellness Specialist Eugenie George Shares “Money Stories”

Do you need to heal and move past your money story? In this episode, Angela E. Matthews speaks with Eugenie George, financial...
Jameson Bennett
Jameson Bennett
A technologist, digital consultant and speaker. Jameson is cofounder of My THC Guide (CannaTech), CEWEBITY.com (Fintech) & Party of Lincoln App (Civic Tech). He creates digital platforms and produces radio for SiriusXM Urban View ch. 126. Born & raised in west end Louisville, Kentucky, Jameson has developed a versatile skill set that consists of eight years of professional experience in radio (Karen Hunter Show, Jamie Foxx), three years in television production (BET Networks) and two years in app development. Jameson completed his undergraduate degree at University of Louisville in 2009 & obtained his masters in Mass Communications from Morehead State University in 2010.

The United States House of Representatives is introducing legislation this week, H.R. 1328, to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth.

The goal is to provide access and expand service to small businesses and to connect communities that need access to high-speed internet. The bill will also allow for regional workshops across the country to share best practices and effective strategies for promoting broadband access for all and the adoption and development of  targeted broadband training and presentations for various demographics.

The bill also looks to track federal dollars spent on broadband infrastructure and develop a streamlined accounting mechanism by which any agency offering a Federal broadband support program can be tracked in a standardized and efficient fashion.

The bill was introduced by New York Rep. Paul Tonko (D, 20th District), who sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

History:  Introduced on Feb 25, 2019

  • This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 25, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.
  • 19 cosponsors (10D, 9R) – House Energy and Commerce – Committee chairs determine whether a bill will move past the committee stage. The legislation was reintroduced by Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., in the House, with a companion bill in the Senate introduced by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
  • A previous version of the bill was introduced in the 115thCongress and while it passed the House, it died in the Senate.


The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) annual Broadband Deployment Report found that, although the digital divide had narrowed “substantially,” 19.4 million Americans still lacked access to the FCC’s benchmarked broadband connection speed of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps.

It’s a problem affecting major cities and rural areas alike; a U.S. Census Bureau analysis of American Community Survey data showed that rural counties had the lowest rate of broadband subscriptions, with especially low response rates in part of the upper Plains, the Southwest and the South.

(To follow more bills, check your The Party of Lincoln app or click here for the android version and choose “Track Congress Legislation” in the Act section).

- Advertisement -

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article

This Day in History: August 6th

Jamaica Declares Independence From the food to the music, the cultural influence of Jamaica is undeniable. The Caribbean...

Zimbabwean Author Slams Mnangagwa’s Government Over Stifling ‘Chokehold’

Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, who was arrested at recent protests in the country, has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of...

This Day in History, August 5th

Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa and formerly known as Upper Volta, became independent on August 5, 1960. The country, which is...

Jamaican Supreme Court Upholds Kingston School’s Dreadlocks Ban

Jamaica's Supreme Court upheld a decision of a Kingston school to demand a 5-year-old student cut her dreadlocks to attend classes. The...

This Day in History: August 3rd

Edward Blyden, Father of Pan-Africanism, Was Born Before Marcus Garvey, there was Edward Blyden, who is considered to...