TR Daily Delgado Introduces Broadband Speed, Mapping Bills
Friday, October 11, 2019

Delgado Introduces Broadband Speed, Mapping Bills

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D., N.Y.) introduced two bills today that are designed to improve the accuracy of flawed broadband maps, including by empowering communities to get them fixed.

“The first, the Broadband Speed Act would require internet service providers to annually report data to the FCC that shows the actual speeds they are capable of providing, as opposed to what they can potentially provide within 7-10 business days. This will help demonstrate to the FCC where broadband service is actually matching the speeds being advertised, and where there are still gaps in service. It would also require that new FCC funding awards be built out at speeds of 100 mbps or higher to ensure that they are built to last,” a news release said.

“The second bill, the Community Broadband Mapping Act, would allow local governments, electric/telephone cooperatives, economic development/community groups and small internet providers to access USDA Rural Utility Service broadband programs for grant funding that would allow them to collect information on local broadband service,” the news release added. “This will allow communities who are currently incorrectly designated by the FCC as having service to take action to have the information necessary to dispute that status with the FCC in any future challenge process at the FCC or at the state level.”

“This legislative package will require more accurate data from internet service providers and ensure that new broadband service funded through the FCC will deliver internet at speeds required for the modern era,” Rep. Delgado said. “This legislation will also allow local governments and concerned citizens to challenge flawed FCC maps by gathering their own data—empowering them to figure out where there are coverage gaps. Our rural communities need broadband internet that is accessible, reliable, and matches their internet needs and these measures are important steps to closing the digital divide.”

“We appreciate the Congressman’s recognition of the critical role access to robust broadband plays for rural New Yorkers and look forward to continuing to work with his office toward solutions that will help close the digital divide,” said Timothy Johnson, chief executive officer of Otsego Electric Cooperative.

“NTCA thanks Congressman Delgado for his ongoing interest in promoting the availability of higher-speed broadband services and improving the accuracy of broadband speed data as reported by providers,” NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield said of the Broadband Speed Act. “Steps must be taken to address both of these concerns, and we look forward to a further conversation with Congressman Delgado and others in Congress on how best to advance these goals and achieve the ultimate mission of universal service – delivering quality services that will keep pace with consumer needs in rural and urban areas alike.” —Paul Kirby, [email protected]

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