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E&C Republicans Lay Out Principles for Broadband Infrastructure


01.11.18

#SubCommTech takes first steps in larger legislative process

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), today introduced a series of resolutions laying out principles for broadband infrastructure. By removing barriers to buildout, supporting innovation, and focusing on communities that need it most, these four resolutions led by #SubCommTech members set the groundwork for a larger legislative process.

  • H. Res __ introduced by #SubCommTech Vice Chairman Leonard Lance (R-NJ), to direct broadband infrastructure funding toward areas that are currently unserved.
  • H. Res __ introduced by #SubDCCP Chairman Bob Latta, to ensure federal policy treats all broadband providers in a technology-neutral manner, applying consistent rules that support innovation.
  • H. Res __ introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), to ensure wireless broadband infrastructure funding preference for states that support small cell siting reform, helping ease the permitting process in communities across the country.
  • H. Res __ introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), to ensure Federal, state, and local tax, regulatory, permitting, and other requirements are coordinated and reconciled to maximize the benefits of broadband investment.

“With 39 percent of rural Americans living with insufficient access to broadband internet, we need to focus on innovation, investment, and eliminating the barriers to deployment. The resolutions introduced today help lay the groundwork for more legislative action to come. Our work on broadband infrastructure could mean the difference between a child completing her homework at home, and her parents driving out to a library so she can connect to the public Wi-Fi. I look forward to continued bipartisan efforts on this issue that will help communities across rural America thrive,” said Chairman Blackburn.

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