Support The COVS Act
H.R. 3544: Computers for Veterans and Students Act
Show Your Support for the Computers for Veterans and Students Act
Digitunity, the Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR), and Public Knowledge, are working together to support passage of landmark legislation that will help close the digital divide. The Computers for Veterans and Students Act (H.R. 3544, the “COVS Act”) could direct hundreds of thousands of out-of-service, repairable computers from the federal government to nonprofit refurbishers. Participating refurbishers will repair and distribute these devices, together with digital literacy training resources, to educational institutions, veterans, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, students, and seniors.
The COVS Act has been introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), with bipartisan support from initial co-sponsors Rep. Wittman (R-VA) and Rep. Luria (D-VA).
An estimated 36 million people in America do not have a connected computer at home. Digitunity and its partners support this legislation because directing repairable large-screen devices from the federal government to refurbishers serving their communities provides a common-sense way to help close the technology gap, especially at a time when the need for free or low-cost devices is simply staggering.
Three Ways to Take Action
If your organization shares our belief that device ownership is the heart of digital equity and that surplus government devices can help eliminate the Technology Gap, we encourage you to sign on in support of the COVS Act today.
Contact Your Representative
Please ask your U.S. Representative to consider supporting the bill as a co-sponsor. To make that process easy, we’ve developed an easy tool to generate sample email text and find your member of the House of Representatives.
We encourage you to promote awareness of this important legislation on your social media channels as well. To help make that simple and easy, we’ve created a number of graphics and sample social media posts for your use.