The following statement is attributed to Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) President Jeff Joseph regarding today’s announcement of the launch of the Biden Administration’s Internet for All Initiative, which will invest $45 billion to provide affordable high-speed internet and related training for all Americans:
“The Internet for All Initiative is a critical and welcome advancement in the ongoing effort to close the technology equity gap in the United States. Broadband equity is achieved when all Americans and our communities are able to access and use affordable, high-speed, reliable internet at speeds, quality and capacity necessary to ensure everyone can participate in and reap the benefits of the digital economy.Through this program, the Commerce Department wisely seeks to engage every level of government, as internet needs vary by state.
“Importantly, this initiative recognizes that access to quality broadband is just one piece of addressing the tech equity gap. Funding for State Digital Equity Act programs will support needed digital literacy and skills training that will help traditionally underserved communities use technology confidently, creatively and critically, preparing members of these communities to meet the demands and challenges of life, learning and work in a digital society.
“Advancing digital equity is a core focus for SIIA. Removing barriers to elevate opportunities for all individuals will lead to the creation of new businesses, foster economic growth and expand access to technology itself. It also will generate educational, employment and social engagement opportunities technological innovation can foster. We thank Congress for providing this funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and to Commerce Secretary
Raimondo, NTIA Administrator Davidson, and all those across the Biden Administration for launching this vital program.”