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

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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 off internet access for the entire city. Under pressure, the ultimate agreement the city government signed off on “required that the city not ‘engage in any activities or outcomes that would result in business competition between the District and Comcast or that …

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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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 it did not receive a vote.

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).


5 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 1 Independent)



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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 742. 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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