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S. 742: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017
Length: 7 pages

Mar 28, 2017


Introduced on Mar 28, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 28, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 28, 2017

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S. 742 is 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.

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