Bill Introduced to Increase Broadband Access in Rural Areas

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, (D-Minn.), Gary Peters, (D-Mich.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) recently introduced the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, which is intended to improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband availability maps by improving the broadband data collection process. “Broadband maps are a critical tool in our effort to close the digital divide in rural areas like those throughout my home state of South Dakota, but they are only as good as the data that’s used to produce them,” Thune says. Additionally, the U.S. Senate on June 5 passed by unanimous consent a bipartisan bill offered by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), to conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on America’s economy.