Summary:To direct the Federal Communications Commission to establish a challenge process to verify fixed and mobile broadband service coverage data. Cosponsors (Somewhat Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 7/15/19.
- “It’s simple – when we expand rural broadband access, we expand economic opportunity for Minnesotans,”said Rep Craig. “Whip Clyburn’s leadership on this task force shows that Congress is prioritizing this critical issue. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find real policy solutions that will ensure every Minnesotan has a fair shot in a 21st century economy, no matter where they live.” (Source: Rep. Craig, Press Release, 07/15,19)
STATUS: Introduced 5/9/19 by Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- A bipartisan group of four U.S. senators this week introduced legislation aimed at improving the maps the federal government uses to distribute broadband funding to the states, as well as giving the public the ability to challenge the accuracy of those maps. (Source: Stare Scoop)
- “Our communities know better than a map if they have access to fast, reliable broadband,” said Congressman Latta. “After all, rural families and business owners rely on this access to do their jobs, finish their homework, and stay connected to friends and family. While we know these broadband maps are inaccurate, there currently isn’t a way for local governments to challenge them — the Broadband MAPS Act would change that, making it easier for unserved and underserved communities to make their case to the FCC. Better maps mean better broadband availability.” (Source: Rep. Latta, Press Release 5/09/19)