Chairs Rodgers & Latta Statement on BEAD Program State Allocations

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) released a statement today following the Biden administration’s announcement of Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) state allocations.  

“Today’s state allocation announcement is an important step in our work to close the digital divide. Especially now that these resources have been allocated, we need to make sure that the funds are used to connect every American. Energy and Commerce will continue our oversight to make sure National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is carrying out its responsibilities according to congressional intent, which includes making those investments in a technology neutral way that avoids overbuilding and other wasteful spending. That is how we make sure every unserved American has access to affordable, reliable broadband services.” 

NOTE: On May 10, 2023, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Closing the Digital Divide: Overseeing Federal Funds for Broadband Deployment,” where lawmakers discussed ensuring resources allocated through programs like BEAD are allocated effectively and avoid waste, fraud, and abuse. CLICK HERE for more information.  

On May 23, 2023, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing titled "Oversight and Reauthorization of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration,” where members heard from NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson on ensuring NTIA is carrying out its mission of strengthening American communications leadership and closing the digital divide. CLICK HERE for more information.