House Subcommittee Offers Broadband Infrastructure Resolutions
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Comments

The House subcommittee on communications and technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, 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, four resolutions led by the subcommittee’s members set the groundwork for a larger legislative process, a statement said.

A resolution introduced by Rep. Leonard Lance, communications subcommittee vice chairman, would direct broadband infrastructure funding toward areas that are unserved. Rep. Bob Latta introduced a resolution to ensure federal policy treats all broadband providers in a technology-neutral manner, applying consistent rules that support innovation.

A third resolution introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson would ensure wireless broadband infrastructure funding preference for states that support small cell siting reform, helping ease the permitting process in communities across the country. Rep. Gus Bilirakis released a resolution 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,” Blackburn said. “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.”

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