Maine senator backs push to narrow “digital divide” in US

April 21, 2019

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A group of U.S. senators including Maine independent Sen. Angus King is introducing legislation designed to narrow the “digital divide” in the U.S.

King’s office says in a statement the legislation would create a pair of $125 million grant programs focusing on projects that provide “equal access to information technology and educational materials for communities across the nation.” King says the new grants would help shrink the homework gap in the country that’s caused by unequal access to digital technology.

He says the grants will ensure residents are “fluent in the technology that will drive so much of our nation’s future.”

King’s an independent who caucuses with Democrats. All of the senators introducing the bill are Democrats. King’s office says a companion bill has been introduced in the House.