WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
“Digital infrastructure is critical to strengthening the U.S. economy, connecting U.S. communities, and driving U.S. global leadership,” said Jason Oxman, ITI President and CEO. “We applaud the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes transformative investments to renew U.S. infrastructure and prioritize digital needs, including resources to close the digital divide and bolster cybersecurity. We urge the U.S. House of Representatives to move expeditiously to advance this important measure.”
The bill reflects many of ITI’s top legislative priorities, including broadband and cyber provisions:
- The bill provides $65 billion for broadband expansion, including many provisions included in ITI’s broadband recommendations to Congress.
- The bill provides $21 million to the Office of the National Cyber Director and allocates $20 million over 5 years to respond to cybersecurity attacks, including those suffered by state and local governments, a proposal ITI called for in our “Leveraging Digital Infrastructure to Further U.S. Leadership” recommendations to Congress in April.
- The bill provides a $1B appropriation over 4 years for a new State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) Cyber Grant Program at CISA, which ITI called for in a letter to the Senate.