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Democrats Call for New Infrastructure Stimulus Legislation Includes Large Broadband Provision

David Jelke

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Photo of Nancy Pelosi in February 2018 by Gage Skidmore used with permission

April 2, 2020— A coalition of Democrats comprising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and key committee chairs Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., on Wednesday announced plans to center a new stimulus package around infrastructure, and heavily featured broadband in the discussion.

The proposed stimulus package would be the fourth in a series of government packages that aim to repair and prepare the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“If they don’t have internet,” Pallone asked, “how are [Americans] gonna find [jobs]?”

Pallone, who is often in the spotlight in broadband news for his role as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advocated for a proposed package to help close the digital divide.

Pallone referenced a study released by the Federal Communications Commission that determined that the government would need to $86 billion dollars over the course of five years to achieve 100 percent connectivity in the United States.

“The electric grid in many places is old,” Pallone said. “We’re gonna modernize the grid.”

Similarly, DeFazio called this new stimulus package a perfect opportunity to vanquish the digital divide.

He said schoolchildren in his district and hometown of Springfield, Oregon, would sit in front of school to access the school’s Wi-Fi to complete their homework “even after they get laptops from Bill and Melinda Gates.”

Some Republicans have surprisingly signaled support for an infrastructure stimulus. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to spend as much as $2 trillion on an infrastructure stimulus.

Prior to the press call, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned having “ongoing conversations” with Democrats about the motion. “And we’ll continue to have those conversations,” Mnuchin said.

“For once I agree with him,” retorted Senator DeFazio, referring to Trump’s openness to an infrastructure stimulus. “This is prepping Americans for the 21st Century in so many ways.”

David Jelke was a Reporter for Broadband Breakfast. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in neuroscience. Growing up in Miami, he learned to speak Spanish during a study abroad semester in Peru. He is now teaching himself French on his iPhone.

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Carri Bennet: Biden’s Broadband Plan is Key to Spurring Rural Economic Development, Jobs and Manufacturing

The American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, includes $100 billion to ensure broadband availability to every single American at affordable rates. This means building more broadband in rural areas.

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Carri Bennet of the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson

April 2, 2020— A coalition of Democrats comprising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and key committee chairs Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., on Wednesday announced plans to center a new stimulus package around infrastructure, and heavily featured broadband in the discussion.

The proposed stimulus package would be the fourth in a series of government packages that aim to repair and prepare the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“If they don’t have internet,” Pallone asked, “how are [Americans] gonna find [jobs]?”

Pallone, who is often in the spotlight in broadband news for his role as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advocated for a proposed package to help close the digital divide.

Pallone referenced a study released by the Federal Communications Commission that determined that the government would need to $86 billion dollars over the course of five years to achieve 100 percent connectivity in the United States.

“The electric grid in many places is old,” Pallone said. “We’re gonna modernize the grid.”

Similarly, DeFazio called this new stimulus package a perfect opportunity to vanquish the digital divide.

He said schoolchildren in his district and hometown of Springfield, Oregon, would sit in front of school to access the school’s Wi-Fi to complete their homework “even after they get laptops from Bill and Melinda Gates.”

Some Republicans have surprisingly signaled support for an infrastructure stimulus. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to spend as much as $2 trillion on an infrastructure stimulus.

Prior to the press call, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned having “ongoing conversations” with Democrats about the motion. “And we’ll continue to have those conversations,” Mnuchin said.

“For once I agree with him,” retorted Senator DeFazio, referring to Trump’s openness to an infrastructure stimulus. “This is prepping Americans for the 21st Century in so many ways.”

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Shabbir Bagasrawala: A Clarion Call for Supply Chain Diversity in Our Telecom Networks

Limited competition is provided by the existing trio of vendors. This worsens the supply chain problem for operators.

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Shabbir Bagasrawala, Head of Go-to-Market Team at Altiostar

April 2, 2020— A coalition of Democrats comprising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and key committee chairs Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., on Wednesday announced plans to center a new stimulus package around infrastructure, and heavily featured broadband in the discussion.

The proposed stimulus package would be the fourth in a series of government packages that aim to repair and prepare the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“If they don’t have internet,” Pallone asked, “how are [Americans] gonna find [jobs]?”

Pallone, who is often in the spotlight in broadband news for his role as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advocated for a proposed package to help close the digital divide.

Pallone referenced a study released by the Federal Communications Commission that determined that the government would need to $86 billion dollars over the course of five years to achieve 100 percent connectivity in the United States.

“The electric grid in many places is old,” Pallone said. “We’re gonna modernize the grid.”

Similarly, DeFazio called this new stimulus package a perfect opportunity to vanquish the digital divide.

He said schoolchildren in his district and hometown of Springfield, Oregon, would sit in front of school to access the school’s Wi-Fi to complete their homework “even after they get laptops from Bill and Melinda Gates.”

Some Republicans have surprisingly signaled support for an infrastructure stimulus. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to spend as much as $2 trillion on an infrastructure stimulus.

Prior to the press call, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned having “ongoing conversations” with Democrats about the motion. “And we’ll continue to have those conversations,” Mnuchin said.

“For once I agree with him,” retorted Senator DeFazio, referring to Trump’s openness to an infrastructure stimulus. “This is prepping Americans for the 21st Century in so many ways.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris Will Oversee Administration’s Broadband Goals

Biden has assigned Vice President Kamala Harris with the broadband portfolio.

Benjamin Kahn

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Vice President Kamala Harris at President Biden's address to Congress Wednesday

April 2, 2020— A coalition of Democrats comprising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and key committee chairs Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., on Wednesday announced plans to center a new stimulus package around infrastructure, and heavily featured broadband in the discussion.

The proposed stimulus package would be the fourth in a series of government packages that aim to repair and prepare the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“If they don’t have internet,” Pallone asked, “how are [Americans] gonna find [jobs]?”

Pallone, who is often in the spotlight in broadband news for his role as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advocated for a proposed package to help close the digital divide.

Pallone referenced a study released by the Federal Communications Commission that determined that the government would need to $86 billion dollars over the course of five years to achieve 100 percent connectivity in the United States.

“The electric grid in many places is old,” Pallone said. “We’re gonna modernize the grid.”

Similarly, DeFazio called this new stimulus package a perfect opportunity to vanquish the digital divide.

He said schoolchildren in his district and hometown of Springfield, Oregon, would sit in front of school to access the school’s Wi-Fi to complete their homework “even after they get laptops from Bill and Melinda Gates.”

Some Republicans have surprisingly signaled support for an infrastructure stimulus. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to spend as much as $2 trillion on an infrastructure stimulus.

Prior to the press call, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned having “ongoing conversations” with Democrats about the motion. “And we’ll continue to have those conversations,” Mnuchin said.

“For once I agree with him,” retorted Senator DeFazio, referring to Trump’s openness to an infrastructure stimulus. “This is prepping Americans for the 21st Century in so many ways.”

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