As the Biden administration has combatted the COVID challenge through a data-driven approach, it must apply the same method toward bridging the digital divide, said Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), in an opinion piece published today in Morning Consult.
In a piece entitled “Using the White House’s Approach to COVID to Amplify Infrastructure Policy,” Aiken urges the administration and congressional lawmakers to follow a science and truth approach to broadband policy, which is inclusive and solutions-oriented. In doing so, it would ensure that infrastructure legislation now being contemplated in Congress could have a positive effect, resulting in more American jobs and better, more affordable connectivity for consumers.
“On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden signed the ‘Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats’ executive order,” Aiken’s opinion piece reads. “This was the first step toward fulfilling his campaign promise to lead with science and truth in his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as the president and congressional leaders attempt to navigate a multibillion-dollar infrastructure package through Congress, the same science and truth approach could help ensure that the American Jobs Plan does what it is intended to do.
“To end the COVID pandemic,” Aiken continued, “we need all vaccines in arms as fast as possible. Broadband is no different. All technologies need to be in play in closing the connectivity gap. Truly data-driven and inclusive approaches to legislative policy will include multiple technologies that are well-suited to deliver robust and affordable broadband to all Americans.”
Reference: Morning Consult’s website