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Senate Passes Broadband Data Bill

The Senate has passed the Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017.

The bill, motormanned by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, requires the FCC to come up with a consistent methodology for wireless broadband coverage data.

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The goal is to make sure rural areas and urban areas get equitable broadband infrastructure treatment.

“Unless we have accurate information about where the coverage gaps actually are, we cannot put a solution in place that improves the high-speed internet service of consumers in rural areas,” Wicker said in a statement. “This legislation is designed to help the FCC achieve that goal, bringing us one step closer to closing the digital divide.”

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.