Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Wicker, and Members of the Subcommittee:
Thank you for inviting me to testify today. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the critical importance of expanding the adoption of broadband Internet service throughout our great nation. The Internet is an incredible technology that is unparalleled in its ability to level the playing field and equalize access to education, health care, and vocational opportunities, as well as news, information, and entertainment. People who are not on the Internet, however, are shut out from these benefits.
At the outset, let me commend the Subcommittee for focusing on the issue of broadband adoption. Since 1996, America's broadband providers have invested over a trillion dollars to deploy world-class broadband networks throughout
But there is a cruel irony at play. Because of the digital divide, the Internet actually exacerbates, rather than narrows, the differences in opportunities available to those who access the Internet versus those who do not. This hearing can help shine a light on this issue of fundamental fairness.
The issue of broadband adoption has been a priority for me and for
My colleagues and I at
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