CCA Commends Introduction of Bipartisan House Broadband Mapping Bills
Washington, DC – September 6, 2019 – Today, Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Bob Latta (R-OH), Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Billy Long (R-MO) introduced broadband data mapping bills to improve the granularity and accuracy of current federal broadband data maps. H.R. 4429, The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (“Broadband DATA Act,”), introduced by Representatives Loebsack and Latta would direct the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to issue rules regarding the data collection process with respect to broadband service availability. H.R. 4227, The Mapping Accuracy Promotes Service (“MAPS”) Act, introduced by Representatives McEachin and Long, provides enforcement to preserve the integrity of data collected. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends the congressmen for introducing the legislation, which will help more accurately identify unserved and underserved areas, especially in rural America.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I commend Congressmen Loebsack, Latta, McEachin, and Long for introducing the bipartisan Broadband DATA Act and MAPS Act, respectively. The fact of the matter is that many areas of the country remain unserved or underserved, which is economically, socially, health, and educationally crippling in this day and age. The Broadband DATA Act brings much needed reform to current data collection processes to more reliably identify areas that are still in need, by requiring specific parameters for data collection that more accurately reflects consumers’ experiences on the ground. Including these specific parameters will allow support for unserved and underserved areas to be more precisely and efficiently directed.”
“Competitive carriers serve some of the most rural and hard to reach areas of the country and want to ensure their consumers are able to connect no matter where they live or travel. A more reliable data collection process will help target support resources, such as Mobility Fund II, to areas where support is needed to preserve and expand service. This is a very important issue for CCA members, and I am pleased so many Members of Congress are focused on improving the broadband mapping bills as well. I thank the congressmen for introducing these pieces of legislation, and CCA will continue to engage with Congress and the FCC to ensure more accurate maps.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers the entirety of the country. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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