Rep. Eshoo Introduces Legislation to Update National Broadband Plan

July 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act, legislation that instructs the FCC to update the National Broadband Plan to expand internet access across the U.S. and study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the online lives of Americans.

“Universal access to reliable, affordable, and high-quality internet is essential in today’s world, and it’s especially needed as we conduct more of our personal and professional lives online during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo. “Updating our decade-old National Broadband Plan is fundamental for policymakers to develop strategic, holistic, and thoughtful solutions to deliver universal access to broadband.”

“An update of the 2010 National Broadband Plan is long overdue, and with the COVID Crisis demonstrating the importance of abundant, affordable broadband to economic resiliency and social progress, such an update is also essential,” said Blair Levin, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Former Executive Director of the National Broadband Plan at the FCC. “With this latest legislation, Congresswoman Eshoo continues to lead in the fight to connect all Americans.”

“Congresswoman Eshoo’s longstanding leadership on broadband has created enormous opportunity,” said Karen Kornbluh, Director of the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund of the US and Former US Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. “This new Broadband Plan is essential to upgrading the nation’s civic infrastructure and providing all Americans access to the economy of the future.”

Text of the legislation can be found HERE.

Background

The National Broadband Plan for the Future Act is companion legislation to S. 4022, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 required the creation of the original National Broadband Plan, which set out a comprehensive roadmap for providing universal internet connectivity. Ten years later, the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act requires the FCC to assess the nation’s progress against the original Plan, provide detailed proposals to further expand internet access, and analyze how Americans’ unprecedented reliance on broadband during the coronavirus pandemic will shape the country moving forward.