Letter from Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) and others to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT).
Re: Broadband Internet Access Act.
Date: October 25, 2001.
Source: Office of Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

October 25, 2001

The Honorable Tom Daschle
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510
The Honorable Max Baucus
Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510

Dear Majority Leader Daschle and Chairman Baucus,

As you prepare your version of the economic stimulus package, we urge you to include a version of The Broadband Internet Access Act, a bipartisan proposal to foster the spread of "broadband" high-speed Internet service around the United States. This measure provides temporary tax incentives to stimulate deployment of broadband service to rural, low-income, and residential areas not currently enjoying the benefits of high-speed communications.

There are a number of reasons why broadband infrastructure is important at this moment.

The Broadband Internet Access Act is a bipartisan bill with 189 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and 62 in the Senate. Clearly, such broad support indicates the need to extend a high-speed information system to all Americans. This legislation provides the vehicle for delivering such a system, and we urge you to include it in the stimulus package.

Thank you for considering our views on this critical issue.


Minority Leader Richard Gephardt
Rep. Bob Matsui
Rep. Anna Eshoo
Rep. Rush Holt
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Ellen Tauscher
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Rep. Mike Honda
Rep. Nancy Pelosi