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Communications and Technology (117th Congress)

E&C Republicans: These Families Need Better Broadband to Keep their Children’s Education on Track


The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology just wrapped its hearing on closing the digital divide. House Republicans focused on their solutions in the Boosting Broadband Connectivity Agenda they released yesterday.

KEY: “Unreliable internet and limited broadband access has set countless children back in school because of connectivity issues while far too many schools remain closed. It’s unacceptable and hurting the next generation. To make a strong comeback from this pandemic, every House Republican on Energy and Commerce is leading in the Boosting Broadband Connectivity Agenda so...


Republican Subcommittee Leader Latta Remarks at Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing


Washington, DC – Republican  Subcommittee Leader for Communications and Technology Bob Latta (R-OH) delivered remarks at a Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Connecting America: Broadband Solutions to Pandemic Problems.”

Excerpts and highlights from his remarks:

On Providing Reliable Internet Access During COVID-19:

"The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the importance of reliable internet access as so much of our daily lives has moved online. From telehealth to education, closing the digital divide for all Americans has never been more critical. But even before the pandemic changed the way we live, work, and learn,...

Press Release

Rodgers and Latta Urge NTIA to Prioritize Unserved and Rural Areas for Broadband Deployment 


Washington D.C.– House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Republican Subcommittee Leader for Communications and Technology Bob Latta (R-OH) sent a letter today urging the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to prioritize unserved and rural areas for broadband deployment.

In the letter, they write:

“We appreciate the work that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is undertaking to quickly stand up the new grant programs established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that will help fund broadband deployment in rural, tribal, and other remote parts of the...