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We at CFIF have repeatedly highlighted America's desperate need for more skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers.  In an increasingly information-based global economy, legal immigration by people with advanced degrees and valuable expertise to the United States must be encouraged, as even President Donald Trump advocated.

In that vein, we've also highlighted how desirable a destination the U.S. is to STEM talent, and how many openly seek to come to our shores, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which was named the top defense and national security think tank in the world.  "Only about 10 percent of international scientists and engineers seemed open to moving to China," CSIS found, "compared to nearly 60 percent for the…[more]

May 25, 2022 • 07:38 PM

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CFIF Joins Coalition Opposing the BRIDGE Act, Legislation that Would Fail to Close Digital Divide Print
By CFIF Staff
Wednesday, June 30 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VA  The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today joined a coalition of nearly two dozen free-market organizations on a letter opposing the Broadband Reform and Investment to Drive Growth in the Economy (BRIDGE) Act, introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Angus King (I-Maine). The legislation would represent a massive government intrusion into the broadband marketplace while failing to address the root causes of the digital divide, that percentage of Americans who truly lack access to high-speed internet. 

CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella released the following statement:

“Every American should have access to high-speed internet, but the BRIDGE Act would fall far short of achieving that goal. The legislation’s priority seems to be promoting government-owned-and-operated broadband networks rather than pursuing commonsense, bipartisan policies that would actually get more Americans online. Policymakers should focus instead on partnering with the private sector to bring networks to areas that truly lack them, especially in rural America, and making broadband more affordable for low-income families. 

“Pursuing redundant network builds in areas that already have good broadband access, as the BRIDGE Act would do, is a waste of taxpayer dollars. The legislation also misses an opportunity to streamline permitting and other regulations that needlessly drive up the cost of broadband deployment. 

“We urge lawmakers to set aside ideologically driven distractions like government-run networks and focus on the real task at hand: connecting more Americans who legitimately lack access to high speed internet.”

Read the coalition letter, which was organized by Taxpayers Protection Alliance, here.

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