I currently serve on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee as well as the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. These subcommittees have jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission, electronic communications, cybersecurity, privacy, and data security. I’m also the co-chair of the Congressional Spectrum Caucus. My focus is on improving cellular and broadband service in rural areas.
I hosted two broadband roundtables in the Second District so far in the 117th Congress. I connected local officials with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and another representative from the FCC as well as representatives from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These federal officials helped answer questions to local officials about broadband challenges in the community.
Below are highlights of the bills I have been working on this Congress:
- The TRUSTED Broadband Networks Act: During the 116th Congress, I championed the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act to help small and rural telecommunications providers remove equipment from their networks that was sourced from Huawei and other bad actors, and this ensures that what replaces the old equipment is safe and trusted. The TRUSTED Broadband Networks Act builds on that effort by helping secure telecommunications networks more quickly by streamlining the permitting process to take out suspect equipment and install trusted equipment.
- CLEAR Act: Would require the Federal Trade Commission to publish information online related to investigations the FTC has opened into unfair and deceptive practices. By increasing transparency, Americans would have more information to protect themselves from being scammed by similar practices.
- The Open RAN Outreach Act: Builds upon my efforts to secure U.S. telecommunications networks by requiring technical assistance and outreach to be made available on Open RAN technologies at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Below are highlights of my bills that were signed into law before the 117th Congress
- Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019: Strengthens the security of our telecommunications networks by removing and replacing untrusted equipment. This bill was signed into law on March 12, 2020, and was fully funded on December 27, 2020.
- The American Competitive of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy Act, or American COMPETE Act: Includes the Countering Online Harms Act and the Advancing Blockchain Act I introduced, which helps ensure American leadership in emerging technologies. This bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020.
- The Beat China by Harnessing Important, National Airwaves for 5G Act of 2020 or The Beat CHINA for 5G Act: Helps boost connectivity, close the digital divide, and keep America’s competitive edge against China in 21st–century technologies by making more spectrum available to deploy 5G technology.
- The USA Telecommunications Act of 2020: Builds on our efforts to secure our telecommunications networks and supply chain by promoting and accelerating the deployment and use of open interfaced, standards-based, and interoperable 5G networks throughout the United States.