Ron Wright Joined by Members to File Digital Global Access Policy (GAP) Act.
Last week, Representative Ron Wright (R-TX), along with Ranking Member Mike McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), introduced H.R. 1359, the Digital Global Access Policy (GAP) Act. This bipartisan legislation promotes internet access in developing countries to spur economic growth, promote democracy, improve education and health, and empower women around the world.
Following introduction of the bill, the sponsors made the following statements, “More than three billion people, mostly concentrated in developing countries, still lack access to the internet, unable to take advantage of the countless benefits it has for commerce, democracy, education, and health. By encouraging better coordination with the private sector and inclusion of internet infrastructure in general infrastructure projects, this bill will maximize the reach of U.S. assistance and, ultimately, close the digital gap.” – Congressman Ron Wright (TX-06)
“Billions of people across the developing world lack access to the Internet, depriving them of the benefits of the biggest technological revolution since the advent of the printing press. The Digital GAP Act will support economic growth by accelerating the deployment of Internet infrastructure through the promotion of cost-effective “build-once” policies, partnerships with the private sector, and the removal of harmful barriers to a positive investment climate. I commend Rep. Wright for leading our efforts to bridge the digital divide and advance commonsense legislation to advance U.S. interests globally.” – House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10)
“The internet has had a tremendous economic, social and political impact on those lucky enough to have reliable access to it. But a lack of affordable internet limits the opportunities many people in developing countries have to harness the internet’s transformational power. With the Digital GAP Act, at least 1.5 billion people living in urban and rural areas will be able to access the internet for the first time.” --
Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33)