Nov. 9, 2011: Markey Praises FCC for New Broadband Adoption Efforts for Low-Income Families

Congressman is author of mandate requiring National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, today commended the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new low-cost broadband and computer offerings to help close the digital divide and connect millions of Americans with broadband at home.
“Today’s announcement represents a strong, significant and substantial new effort to bring high-speed Internet connections to millions of Americans without access to one of the indispensable technology tools of the 21st century.  The FCC and its private sector partners are to be commended for this creative and bold new plan. This innovative strategy should open up a world of educational and social possibilities for low-income Americans who have been disconnected from opportunities in the digital age while also increasing our competitiveness in the global marketplace. I commend the FCC for its efforts to close the digital divide, and I look forward to working with the Commission to reaffirm our commitment to fulfilling the goal of the National Broadband Plan to bring the power and promise of broadband to all Americans.”