Capito introduces broadband legislation
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Wednesday introduced tech neutral legislation to accelerate the development of high-speed internet in low-income and rural communities.
The Gigabit Opportunity Act, or GO Act, expands broadband in these communities by targeting investments to areas with the greatest need, eliminating barriers to investment and streamlining patchwork regulations.
According to the FCC, more than 30 million Americans lack access to high-speed broadband internet, including a disproportionate number of West Virginia communities.
In rural and tribal areas, approximately 40 percent of the population does not have access to broadband, making it difficult for these communities to compete in today’s internet-based economy.