The internet is no longer a luxury — it is essential.

The COVID-19 crisis has put a spotlight on the growing digital divide which leaves millions of Americans disconnected from decent internet access. TX-10 families are in desperate need of high-quality, affordable internet access for education, tele-health, and working from home, yet over one third of our district’s seven rural counties lack the most basic broadband access.

The internet was created using public funding, but now access is largely determined by powerful, private Internet Service Providers (ISP), telecom, and cable monopolies. These monopolies refuse to invest in areas where they can’t make a profit, and they don’t offer services to folks who can’t afford it. This impacts both rural and low-income urban neighborhoods. Communities that lack broadband see higher unemployment rates, fewer good paying jobs, and a much steeper hill to climb for small businesses.

As your representative, Mike will fight for Universal Broadband, and will support policy initiatives like the following:

  • Invest billions in public infrastructure to expand internet access to all Americans while creating thousands of good paying union jobs
  • Rein in internet, telecom, and cable monopolies with strong antitrust enforcement, and return the internet to the public domain by treating it like electricity as a public utility
  • Classify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and reinstate Net Neutrality 
  • Overturn lobbyist-influenced state preemption laws (including here in Texas) that bar or limit municipal and publicly-owned broadband
  • Work toward a Public Option for high speed broadband while protecting and expanding the Lifeline program which subsidizes costs for low-income families
  • Make federal investment contingent upon strong universal service obligations and strong labor standards
To “flatten the curve” we must consider expanding internet access a top priority; a house with internet is much more likely to keep a person sheltering in place. To make it through the COVID-19 crisis and sustain democratic society in the 21st century going forward, we must treat internet access as a public good.