Rep. Delgado Reintroduces Bill to Improve Broadband Speed
RHINEBECK, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) reintroduced legislation to help end the digital divide and deliver affordable, quality broadband service to rural Americans. The Broadband Speed Act would require internet service providers to report annual, accurate speed data to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“Our rural communities need broadband internet that is accessible, reliable, and matches their internet needs,” said Rep. Delgado. “Slow broadband speeds are untenable for our young students taking classes online, web-based small business owners, and families working from home. The Broadband Speed Act would require internet service providers to deliver accurate speed data -- not inaccurate estimates.”
“NTCA thanks Congressman Delgado for his ongoing interest in promoting the availability of higher-speed broadband services and improving the accuracy of broadband speed data as reported by providers,” NTCA Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Bloomfield, said of the Broadband Speed Act, “Steps must be taken to address both of these concerns, and we look forward to a further conversation with Congressman Delgado and others in Congress on how best to advance these goals and achieve the ultimate mission of universal service – delivering quality services that will keep pace with consumer needs in rural and urban areas alike.”
The Broadband Speed Act would require internet service providers to annually report data to the FCC that shows the actual speeds they are capable of providing, as opposed to what they can potentially provide within 7-10 business days, as current law requires. This will help demonstrate to the FCC where broadband service is actually matching the speeds being advertised, and where there are still gaps in service. The bill would also require that new FCC funding awards be built out at speeds of 100 mbps or higher to ensure that they are built to last.