Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access
By JOHN DUNBAR The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 30, 2008; 7:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not.
Supporters hope the Broadband Data Improvement Act will help policymakers better identify areas of the country that are falling behind when it comes to high-speed Internet access.
The bill passed both houses of Congress, with the Senate approving a final version Tuesday on a voice vote.
Senate sponsor Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said the federal government has a responsibility to make sure Americans have access to the Internet, but "we cannot manage what we do not measure."