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ICYMI: Guthrie Introduces Broadband Access Bill

Washington, DC, January 18, 2018

Washington, DC– Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), along with Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-06), this week introduced the Making Available Plans to Promote Investment in Next Generation Networks without Overbuilding and Waste (MAPPING NOW) Act.

The MAPPING NOW Act 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.

“Far too many Kentuckians are unable to access reliable broadband internet service,”said Guthrie. “One of the fundamental problems is that we do not have accurate data on where exactly service is lacking. By reinstituting a nationwide map of existing broadband internet service, we are taking a crucial step towards better targeting deployment so that providers can better serve rural areas. I look forward to working with the Energy and Commerce Committee as we consider ways to address broadband needs around the country.”

“This legislation is very simple, yet necessary,”said Congressman Johnson. “Before a rural broadband buildout can be completed, it is imperative to know which areas of America are unserved and underserved.  Many rural areas of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio find themselves on the wrong side of the urban-rural digital divide. Insufficient internet access leaves far too many American families and businesses without access to streaming video, telemedicine, educational opportunities, and much more. I thank Rep. Guthrie for his support, and I look forward to the upcoming debate on this important bill.”

Guthrie is a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and serves on the committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over broadband internet access.