Washington, DC – As the COVID-19 outbreak continues across the nation, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH) wrote in the The Blade about the importance of connectivity for working, learning, and receiving care during this unprecedented time.
Latta highlighted two E&C bipartisan bills, the Broadband DATA Act and the Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020, which were recently signed into law by President Trump to help expand access to broadband services and secure our networks. Latta helped introduce both bills.
Additionally, today The Blade’s Editorial Board highlighted the importance of the Broadband DATA Act, saying “the goal of the new law is to ensure federal funding for rural broadband Internet service in areas that today lack this 21st century necessity — a need that has become all the more urgent amid the stay-at-home orders resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.”
By Rep. Bob Latta
April 4, 2020
As we follow recommendations to stay home and distance ourselves from one another, our interconnected world is more important than ever as schools and offices are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The reality is, many Americans across the country and Ohioans in the district I represent who live in rural areas don’t have reliable Internet connectivity. If that doesn’t change, they will be left behind.
As the leading Republican on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I teamed up with members of Congress from both sides on legislation that helps improve our broadband-mapping capabilities.
With improved maps identifying where broadband services are needed, we can make sure our limited resources are directed to those who need them most.
One of those bills, the Broadband DATA Act, recently received President Trump’s signature. Mr. Trump also signed into law the Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020.
Both laws take key steps to expand access to broadband services and secure our networks.
I believe in the resiliency of the people of this country, the commitment of the American worker, and the entrepreneurship of our small business owners. We will get through this.
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