Broadband legislation to be introduced by Ohio senator

    Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

    One of Ohio’s U.S. Senators is a cosponsor on legislation to allow broadband access to those laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden plan to introduce the “Emergency Broadband Connections Act” to create a $50 credit meant for monthly internet service, and require service providers to provide service at reduced prices.

    The proposed legislation would also trigger eligibility for the benefit based on qualification for the National School Lunch Program, federal Pell Grants, or the Lifeline program. 

    The announcement about the proposed legislation also said Brown is looking into legislation to build the “infrastructure necessary to make broadband services available to residents.”

    No timeline was given for the introduction of the legislation.

    Susan Tebben
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