Sending Office: Honorable David Loebsack
Sent By:
Scott.Stockwell@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Opportunity to Support Bipartisan Bills to Improve Broadband Mapping

Cosponsor the Broadband DATA Act and MAPS Act

 

Representatives Loebsack, Latta, McEachin, and Long invite you to cosponsor bipartisan legislation that would improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband availability maps.

The “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (HR 4229)” will improve the accuracy of FCC broadband data maps by changing the way broadband data is
collected. Complimentary legislation, the
“Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services (MAPS) Act (HR 4227),”
  will help hold broadband providers accountable by making it against the law to knowingly provide inaccurate data to the FCC.

House Energy and Commerce Committee passed both these bipartisan bills through full committee markup on voice last month, and they are likely to come to the floor for a vote soon.

To cosponsor the Broadband DATA Act, please contact Scott Stockwell (Scott.Stockwell@mail.house.gov / x5-6576) in Rep. Loebsack’s office or Rachel Rathore (Rachel.Rathore@mail.house.gov / x5-6405) in Rep. Latta’s office.

To cosponsor the MAPS Act, please contact Justin Goldberger (Justin.Goldberger@mail.house.gov / x5-6365) in Rep. McEachin’s office or Benjamin Elleson (Ben.Elleson@mail.house.gov/ x5-6536) in Rep. Long’s office.

Additional Details:

The Broadband DATA Act:

  • Requires the FCC to collect granular service availability data from wired, fixed wireless, and satellite broadband providers.
  • Requires strong parameters for service availability data collected from mobile broadband providers to ensure accuracy.
  • Asks the FCC to consider whether to collect verified coverage data from state, local, and tribal governments, as well as from other entities.
  • Creates a process for consumers, state, local, and Tribal governments, and other groups to challenge FCC maps with their own data, and requires the FCC to determine how to structure the process without making it overly burdensome on challengers.

The MAPS act:

  • Specifies that it is unlawful for a person to willfully, knowingly, or recklessly submit inaccurate broadband service data.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Loebsack

Member of Congress

 

Bob Latta

Member of Congress

 

A. Donald McEachin

Member of Congress

Billy Long

Member of Congress

 

 

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