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H.R. 600 (115th): Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2018

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 600 codifies and promotes key principles and practices to promote internet access in developing countries. Specifically, the legislation:

  • Establishes that it will be the policy of the United States to promote the efforts of developing countries to expand first-time mobile or broadband internet access through capacity building, standardization of cost effective “build-once” policies, improvements in regulatory and investment climates, and partnerships with the private sector.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of State should designate a dedicated Assistant Secretary for Cyberspace to lead diplomatic cyberspace policy on internet access and governance and reduce duplication while eliminating a corresponding position;
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that USAID and should integrate efforts to expand internet access, develop appropriate technologies, and enhance digital literacy into its existing development efforts;
  • Requires …

Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Royce

Sponsor. Representative for California's 39th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2018
Length: 32 pages
Jan 23, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on January 24, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senator Markey Praises Senate Passage of His Legislation to Help Expand Internet Access and Increase Digital Literacy in Developing Countries
    — Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA] on Sep 26, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 600 will add $16 million in new spending through 2023.
R Street Institute estimates H.R. 600 will add $16 million in new spending through 2023.


Jan 23, 2017

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Jan 24, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 26, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Oct 5, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

H.R. 600 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 600. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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