Sending Office: Honorable Paul Tonko
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)


Bipartisan Cosponsors: Paul Tonko, Susan Brooks,
Anthony Brindisi, Chris Collins, Anna Eshoo, David McKinley, Elise Stefanik, Peter Welch, Grace Meng, Morgan Griffith, Sean Casten, Josh Harder, Bill Johnson, Guy Reschenthaler,  Angie Craig, Elaine Luria

Dear Colleague,

Broadband Internet access is often the difference between success and failure for students doing homework, job seekers training for a new career, doctors reading a medical scan or entrepreneurs starting a small business. It allows loved ones separated by
distance to stay in touch, delivers innovative new tools for teachers to integrate into classrooms, and enables businesses and entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their reach. Despite our increasing dependence on the Internet, our federal government has
done a poor job of tracking broadband deployment and coordinating federal broadband resources, making it difficult for our local business and community leaders to access them. In fact, today their process for learning about, pursuing and managing federal broadband
resources spans multiple agencies.

In addition, these resources are allocated with little accountability or oversight on behalf of taxpayers. Without a streamlined system, the burden falls on local leaders to wade through red tape and the impact is uncoordinated and can be difficult to track.
As a result, many local communities and small businesses who would benefit from broadband funding and guidance are not aware that this support exists or are simply not pursuing it.



(Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Businesses Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand)

• Establishes an Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which already has the necessary infrastructure, resources and staff to oversee and track broadband funding across agencies.

• Directs this office to simplify access for small businesses and local communities, possibly including small business workshops and other support resources.

• Streamlines process for small businesses & local governments to apply for federal broadband assistance; improves coordination across government and the private sector.


Last Congress ACCESS BROADBAND passed in the House with strong bipartisan support.

Internet access would help many Americans find success in countless parts of their lives and across all sectors of our economy. If you would like to cosponsor this efficient government legislation or have any questions, please contact Emily Silverberg with
Congressman Tonko at or Rob Hicks with Congresswoman Susan Brooks at



Paul Tonko                                              Susan Brooks

Member of Congress                               Member of Congress                   

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