H.R.600 - Digital GAP Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 01/23/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Foreign Affairs | Senate - Foreign Relations|
|Latest Action:||01/30/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.600 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/23/2017)
Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2017 or the Digital GAP Act
This bill states that it is U.S. policy to coordinate with foreign governments, international and regional organizations, businesses, and civil society to close the digital gap in developing countries.
The President is urged to direct U.S. representatives to international bodies to advocate for: (1) increasing efforts to promote gender-equitable Internet access, (2) standardizing inclusion of broadband conduit-fiber optic cables, (3) providing technical assistance to remove investment barriers and strengthen market growth, and (4) protecting human rights online.
It is the sense of Congress that: (1) the Department of State should seek to enhance the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts in carrying out the policies and objectives of this bill, and (2) the U.S. Agency for International Development should integrate efforts to expand Internet access.
The Peace Corps Act is amended to express the sense of Congress that the Peace Corps should develop volunteer positions focused on leveraging technology for development, education, and social and economic mobility.
The President shall transmit plans to Congress to promote U.S. and U.S.-funded agency partnerships with the private and public sectors to provide Internet access or infrastructure in developing countries.