Butterfield Introduces Bill to Provide Electronic Equipment to American Communities

Dec 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced a bipartisan bill along with Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), to help connect vulnerable American communities with electronic equipment—H.R. 5495, The Federal Electronic Equipment Donation Act of 2019.

“In today’s digital economy, access to the Internet is absolutely essential for nearly all aspects of American life. However, all over the country, millions of Americans still do not have consistent and reliable access to broadband. The problem is especially prevalent in rural and low-income communities where the costs of computers and other devices are often a barrier to consistent access. That’s why I was proud to introduce H.R. 5495, The Federal Electronic Equipment Donation Act of 2019. My bill directs federal agencies to donate excess and surplus federal electronic equipment, including computers, computer components, printers, and fax machines to qualifying small towns, counties, schools, nonprofit organizations, and libraries.  The bill also provides a preference for rural towns and counties as well as low-income areas, in an effort to deliver much needed electronic equipment to the communities that need it most.”

*Read the full bill here.