President Joe Biden has named former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee the administration’s massive infrastructure plan, including the $65 billion investment in broadband. Landrieu will be senior adviser and infrastructure coordinator, directing historic investments in universal high-speed internet access, as well as money for roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, climate “resilience” and more.
Congress passed its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure bill over the weekend, which promises to make a dramatic dent in the digital divide and give a boost to the electric vehicle market in America. Industry groups and tech companies alike were quick to praise its passage as a win for the tech industry. Here’s a quick look at what the bill will do for tech.
The White House led off an infrastructure promotion fact sheet distributed to the media Thursday (July 8) with the impact of a bipartisan framework on high-speed internet, particularly in rural and tribal areas, and President Joe Biden’s pledge to get broadband into every home. The Biden administration also doubled down on its definition of availability as including speed and price.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) told an audience of broadcasters this week that she was trying to fight the trend of broadcasting workforce losses due to the pandemic and “information age changes” (translation: Big Tech), including by proposing a big government investment in local news.