White House touts broadband part of new infrastructure deal

'It will deliver high speed internet to every American,' President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

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White House announces that its 'once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure' will include a part dedicated to improving Americans' access to the internet.

'It will deliver high speed internet to every American,' President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

A tower technician repairs a dish on a cell tower in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, in 2017.Helen H. Richardson / Denver Post via Getty Images fileJuly 29, 2021, 12:56 AM UTCByThe White House announced Wednesday that its"once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure" would include a part dedicated to improving Americans' access to the internet.

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Later, the Senatepassed a critical test voteby 67-32, suggesting possible passage of the entire infrastructure bill in the coming days."This bipartisan deal is the most important investment in public transit in American history and the most important investment in rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago," President Joe Biden said in a

statementWednesday afternoon."It will deliver high speed internet to every American."Neither precise details of the broadband section nor the text of the whole bill has been released yet. The White House said in a relatedthat a $65 billion investment for broadband, out of $550 billion in new spending, would ensure that"every American has access to reliable high-speed internet," comparing it to the electrification of the country a century ago. headtopics.com

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the Commerce Department,publisheda comprehensive interactive online map last month. The document shows how poorer, more rural and tribal areas generally don't have affordable broadband access.

The Federal Communications Commission defines broadband as a download speed of 25 megabits per second and an upload speed of 3 Mbps. While 25 Mbps is generally sufficient for most uses, when such a connection is shared via a wireless connection and transmitted to multiple people using different devices, real-world speeds — particularly when videoconferencing is involved — are often slower and insufficient.

A draft copy of the 68-page broadband section of the infrastructure billobtained by NBC News would establish a de facto minimum standard of 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up, and it would require that internet service providers have an eye toward even higher speeds, most likely through fiber optic service. In addition, it would

requirethe federal government to establish a single website where consumers could determine whether they are eligible for low-cost broadband. Read more: NBC News »

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