Representatives Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) introduced on March 16 a bill to expand affordable broadband access to 8 million families living in federally subsidized housing. If enacted, the bill would pave the way for low-income Americans to access high-quality internet that would otherwise be unaffordable.
The legislation would update HUD, Treasury, and U.S. Department of Agriculture utility allowance definitions to include broadband as a subsidized utility. The bill would also update subsidized housing infrastructure by retrofitting units with wiring necessary for high-quality broadband.
Learn more about the bill here.