News - November 15, 2021

INCOMPAS on President Biden Signing Historic Bipartisan Broadband Infrastructure Act 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2021) -- In a historic signing ceremony at the White House today, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. 

INCOMPAS was a leading advocate for the $65 billion broadband provisions, having launched its BroadLand USA campaign and worked with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to ensure that America builds faster, more affordable networks for the future and 5G growth. 

“The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a bipartisan victory that should be celebrated in neighborhoods both urban and rural. Done right, the Infrastructure Act has the potential to bring future proof networks that support an ‘all of the above’ deployment strategy for wired, wireless and 5G services. Building faster, more affordable networks, powered by competition and innovation will help families and small businesses work, learn and thrive,” said Mignon Clyburn, co-chair of BroadLand, and a former Democratic Commissioner for the FCC. 

“The future of our broadband networks will determine the future of our nation. With gigabit speed preferences for 5G ready networks, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act sends a strong message to the rest of the world that the United States will indeed be ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS/BroadLand co-chair, and a former Republican Member of Congress from Mississippi. 

In addition to signing the Infrastructure Act, President Biden also announced former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu will oversee the implementation of the infrastructure provisions and help local communities quickly access and deploy funding. 

“A local expert, with a national reputation for vision, courage and getting the job done, Mitch Landrieu will have the opportunity to help rebuild and renew America’s urban centers and rural communities as we prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Mignon Clyburn, co-chair of the INCOMPAS BroadLand campaign.  “From connected transportation to telemedicine, every job, and every dollar spent under the Infrastructure Act depends on faster, better, more affordable broadband solutions. We look forward to working with Mayor Landrieu to ensure competition and innovation drive the infrastructure implementation to help make 'internet for all' a reality.”