NDIA is launching a new, dedicated website for the Digital Equity Act of 2019: https://www.digitalequityact.org/.

The new site features:

— Links to the bill’s Congress.Gov page, which has the full text, an updated list of sponsors, committee status and other information.

— Links to a basic Digital Equity Act fact sheet, a Social Media Kit, Instagram stories and other useful stuff for helping educate the public and build support.

— A form for organizations (not individuals) to add their names to the growing list of Digital Equity Act supporters.

— A look-it-up table providing key “Digital Equity Gap” statistics for each Congressional District and each state, created by NDIA with data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey.

The Digital Equity Act had its formal U.S. Senate introduction on April 11. It was designated S. 1167 and referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the principal sponsor, was initially joined by eleven co-sponsors, including ten Democrats and one Independent; the bill has since gained three additional co-sponsors. (Interestingly, the co-sponsors include three declared Presidential candidates: Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris.)

The House version of the Digital Equity Act of 2019 is expected to be introduced as early as next week. Its principal sponsor will be Representative Jerry McNerney of California’s 9th District, which includes Stockton and parts of the surrounding Contra Costa, Sacramento, and San Joaquin counties.

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