NHMC Supports Introduction of the Broadband Adoption Act
Commends Representative Matsui, Senator Murphy, Senator Booker, and others
“I applaud our champions in Congress – Representative Matsui, Senator Murphy, Senator Booker, and all of their co-sponsors – who understand the tremendous, untapped potential of Lifeline. Lifeline could offer a bridge across the digital divide and represents a crucial investment in the people of this country. This legislation and current FCC efforts to modernize Lifeline are about the core American values of creating access to opportunity and a pathway out of poverty for millions of Americans.”
The bills, referred to as the Broadband Adoption Act of 2015, were introduced by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) in the House and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate. The bills were supported by an impressive list of co-sponsors including: Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Congressman Michael Doyle (D-PA), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
More than 70 national and regional civil rights organizations, policymakers, media rights advocates and other community groups have recently gone on the record in support of modernizing the Lifeline.
Gonzalez will testify in support of Lifeline modernization before the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet on Tuesday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m. A live stream of the hearing will be available at this link. You can follow the conversation on Twitter by following @NHMC, @JGonzalezNHMC, and @michaelscurato. To access the written testimony, click here.