House Passes Congressman Ron Wright’s Digital GAP Act
WASHINTON, DC — Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1359, Digital Global Access Policy (GAP) Act. This is Congressman Wright’s first piece of legislation to pass the House since taking office earlier this year.
Following passage, Congressman Wright said: “I was proud to introduce The Digital GAP Act with Ranking Member McCaul and Representatives Lieu and Bera. In our increasingly connected world, internet access is a tremendous driver of economic growth. But 60% of the world’s population remains offline and out of reach of U.S. businesses, organizations, and educators – largely due to a lack of telecommunications infrastructure.” He concluded, “The Digital GAP Act will promote commonsense “build once” policies to help ensure that companies have the opportunity to incorporate telecommunications into new infrastructure construction projects. The bill also presses for the removal of onerous tax and regulatory barriers to Internet access, and calls on the State Department, USAID, and other government agencies to partner with businesses to increase private investment in Internet infrastructure in developing countries.
Digital Gap Act (MP4)