June 12, 2019
Background: Today, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (Broadband DATA) Act” to create a new national broadband map.
Representing a major evolution in the way broadband service is mapped in the United States, USTelecom and a diverse consortium of broadband companies and associations created the Broadband Mapping Initiative in March 2019 to more accurately map broadband deployment nationwide. Learn more HERE.
The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom:
“Chairman Wicker and Senators Peters, Thune and Klobuchar understand that fixing our national broadband map goes hand in hand with closing the digital divide and ensuring federal resources reach communities without access to broadband. When USTelecom established the Broadband Mapping Initiative just three months ago, we hoped our concept would not only produce more granular data on broadband service, but serve as a scalable tool for lawmakers to increase broadband in all corners of the country. We appreciate the leadership of these senators and stand ready to make an accurate national broadband map a reality and help deliver connectivity from coast to coast.”