House Republicans Push for Broadband Mapping Bucks

Cite pandemic as exclamation point on need for full funding

House Energy & Commerce Committee Republican leaders are urging their colleagues to fully fund the FCC’s congressional mandate to collect better broadband deployment and availability. 

The President signed the Broadband DATA Act back in March. That law directs the FCC to collect that data–the FCC was independently at work on improving data collection.  


Pai: FCC Needs Mapping Funding From Congress ASAP 

In a letter to Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and ranking member Kay Granger (R-Tex.), House Energy & Commerce Committee ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a big reason the FCC needs the funds for better broadband mapping, which is key to bridging the digital divide.   

“Closing the digital divide and promoting broadband deployment have long been bipartisan priorities and funding the Broadband DATA Act will improve those efforts,” they wrote.