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Publication Date

5-22-2019

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This is the written testimony I presented before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on "LIFT America: Modernizing Our Infrastructure for the Future." My remarks focus on the act’s broadband provisions, particularly the Broadband Internet Access Service Program, which seeks to fund new network construction in unserved areas.

The testimony proceeds in three parts. First, I summarize some key insights about America’s broadband accessibility gap. Second, I highlight the strengths of the LIFT America Act approach to addressing this problem. Third, I briefly discuss some areas where the act could be improved and share some thoughts on how the act fits into the broader issue of narrowing the digital divide.

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A recording of the Full Committee Hearing, including Professor Lyons' testimony, is available on the website of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/full-committee-hearing-on-lift-america-modernizing-our-infrastructure

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