skip to main content

S. 742 (115th): Community Broadband Act of 2017

Call or Write Congress

About the bill

23 million Americans lack access to broadband internet from existing providers, usually in central areas of cities or distant rural areas. But cities’ ability to fill the gap with government-run internet networks is under attack.

A bill in Congress would preserve that option.


At least 21 states prohibit or significantly limit the ability of cities or municipalities to create their own broadband networks for their citizens.

Take Congress’s home city of Washington, D.C. A 1999 negotiation between the local government and Comcast saw Comcast threaten to cut ...

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017
Length: 7 pages

Mar 28, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 28, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Mar 28, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 742 (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.

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

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“S. 742 — 115th Congress: Community Broadband Act of 2017.” 2017. May 25, 2019 <>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from, the official portal of the United States Congress. is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.