I currently serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a broad range of issues related to innovation and new technology. In this role, I have focused on improving cellular and broadband service in rural areas.
Last Congress, I introduced the MAPPING NOW Act, which would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to update the National Broadband Map, identifying areas that lack broadband internet access. An accurate map of broadband availability will help to appropriately allocate infrastructure funds to those areas most in need, especially underserved rural areas. I have also joined two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioners on tours of the Second District so hear firsthand from rural service providers about how broadband service can be improved in Kentucky. Last year, I voted for the 2018 Farm Bill, which included funding to improve rural broadband service.