Bergman-Cosponsored Broadband Legislation Passes House
Washington, December 16, 2019
Today, two bipartisan broadband bills cosponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman passed the U.S. House of Representatives. These proposals would improve federal support for rural broadband buildouts in the most unserved and underserved areas of our nation.
“Representing and living in a truly remote area of Michigan, I understand the need for expanded broadband infrastructure. However, inaccurate mapping data has impaired the FCC’s ability to decide who should receive funding. Current mapping methods leave our unserved and underserved communities at risk of being overlooked. This legislation helps us take a step forward to directly address connectivity issues that limit opportunity for the First District, and other remote communities,” said Congressman Bergman.
H.R. 4229 – Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act and H.R. 4227 – Mapping Accuracy Promotes Service (MAPS) Act passed the House by voice vote.
In May 2019, Congressman Bergman led the Michigan delegation in a letter to the FCC requesting more granular, standardized, and transparent broadband data mapping requirements.