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Energy and Commerce Committee

Communications and Technology (116th Congress)


Walden & Pallone Urge FCC to Assist Companies Replacing Suspect Network Equipment

11.23.2020

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai today urging him to assist companies as they prepare and plan to replace suspect network equipment, including companies eligible for reimbursement under the Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program.  The program was established by Pallone and Walden’s H.R. 4998, the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act, which was signed into law earlier this year.  While it has not yet been funded, the...

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Letter to FCC on Efforts to Assist Companies Replacing Suspect Network Equipment

11.23.2020

Excerpt from letter:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having reliable and secure communications services, and companies eligible for reimbursement under the Program will have to engage in very careful and intentional planning to replace suspect equipment while at the same time not disrupting its service,” Walden and Pallone wrote. “We urge you to take these specific, non-controversial actions as quickly as possible so these important efforts to secure our communications networks are not delayed.

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E&C GOP Leaders Request Audit on Rural Broadband Pilot Program

11.23.2020

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH), and Republican subcommittee members continued their efforts to expand access to broadband services for American communities by penning a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an audit of and asking several questions about the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Pilot Program) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“As GAO and others have reported, access to broadband infrastructure is critical for economic development, educational and job...

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