SHLB Applauds Introduction of LIFT America Act May 16, 2019
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition applauded the introduction of the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act (H.R. 2741) by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., and all 31 Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In addition to authorizing $40 billion over the next five years to expand high-speed broadband access, the bill recognizes the importance of connecting community anchor institutions to gigabit-speed broadband.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“We thank Chairman Pallone for authorizing funding for the deployment of gigabit broadband for anchor institutions in the LIFT America Act, and granting them eligibility for the Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Program. Anchor institutions provide essential online services to those most in need, such as the elderly, rural residents, schoolchildren, healthcare patients and people of color – but they need high-capacity bandwidth to provide these modern education and telehealth services.
“While the LIFT America Act is a big step in the right direction, the SHLB Coalition would like to work with Congress to give local communities a role in selecting the most appropriate broadband provider. We also hope to avoid using the flawed 477-based maps when identifying unserved and underserved areas, and suggest that the bill accommodate broadband availability information gathered from consumers.”
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.