House Hearing Deepens Divide Over Broadband Subsidies

Law360 (May 6, 2021, 6:22 PM EDT) -- House Democrats and Republicans further deepened their split over the best way to expand broadband access on Thursday, as liberal members called for local government partnerships and consumer price limits while conservatives pushed to preserve the current private-sector subsidy model.

During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting focused on addressing broadband "disparities," Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., decried the notion that Democrats are trying to impose utility-style regulation on internet service by suggesting consumers shouldn't pay exorbitant rates for web service.

"We know that if someone can't afford something, access doesn't mean a darn thing to them," she said. "Read the...

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