08/04/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/04/2020 16:31
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) today introduced the Governors' Broadband Development Fund.
'There are places in South Carolina you might as well be on the moon when it comes to getting high speed internet service,' saidSenator Graham. 'All South Carolinians should be able to utilize the educational, telehealth, and business benefits of accessible and affordable broadband. There is bipartisan support for expanding broadband access and our legislation dramatically improves access in rural and underserved areas. I'm cautiously optimistic we can get this done and signed into law soon.'
'Before this crisis, we saw that broadband access was a precondition to full participation in the digital economy,' said Senator Warner. 'But with this crisis we've seen that it's more than that: it's the enabling technology for remote education, tele-work, and tele-medicine; it's the means by which Americans apply for and access critical government benefits; and it provides us with the ability to stay close with loved ones we can no longer be in direct contact with. States like Virginia are leading the way in identifying and closing broadband gaps and this legislation will help expand and strengthen those important efforts.'
'Too many South Carolinians lack access to the global economy, telehealth, and educational tools due to the lack of broadband technology,' said Senator Scott. 'This bipartisan legislation gives governors the opportunity to effectively deploy broadband in the parts of their state that need it most. It is critical that we continue to find pathways to increase connectivity for all Americans to ensure that they are equipped with the tools necessary to thrive.'
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), about 21 million Americans do not have access to 25/3 mbps internet, which is the FCC's standard for high-speed broadband. Of that 21 million, 16 million live in rural areas, while 5 million live in urban areas.
The Governors' Broadband Development Fund