Doyle Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Broadband Mapping Bill
Washington, DC – March 3, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) applauded the passage of S. 1822, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, by unanimous consent in the House of Representatives.
“Accurate broadband mapping is the crucial first step to making sure all Americans have access to broadband,” Congressman Doyle said. “This legislation will help us to gather data and determine where to invest the resources needed to address the Federal Communications Commission’s past shortcomings in promoting the deployment of broadband.”
S. 1822 includes the following two bills that passed the House in December:
H.R. 4229, the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act” or the “Broadband DATA Act,” was introduced by Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH). This legislation requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue new rules to require the collection and dissemination of granular broadband availability data, to establish a process to verify the accuracy of such data, and more.
H.R. 4227, the “Mapping Accuracy Promotion Services Act” or the “MAPS Act,” was introduced by Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Billy Long (R-MO). This legislation specifies that it is unlawful for a person to willfully, knowingly or recklessly submit inaccurate broadband service data.
S. 1822 is expected to be approved by the Senate and sent to the President’s desk for his signature soon.