House Commerce Committee GOP leaders and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai are double-teaming other lawmakers to get money for improved broadband maps. They asked House appropriators to find funding to implement the Broadband DATA Act that was signed into law in March as future appropriations bills are considered.
“Once this law is implemented and funded, FCC and other agencies will be
able to rely on accurate broadband maps when they distribute federal
funds for broadband deployment, which will lead to a more efficient use
of federal dollars,” wrote
the Republican committee members, led by House Energy and Commerce
Ranking Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon and Subcommittee on
Communications and Technology Ranking Member Bob Latta of Ohio.
According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, the bill would
require appropriating $25 million in 2021, and $9 million annually from
2022 through 2028. The money would go toward issuing rules, establishing
reporting requirements, and hiring contractors to establish a
comprehensive broadband database and maps. Continued Reading