House Subcommittee Advances Multiple Telecom Bills

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The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced several telecom measures Thursday.

  • H.R. 4229, the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act” or the “Broadband DATA Act,” was introduced by Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH). The legislation requires the FCC to issue new rules to require the collection and dissemination of granular broadband availability data and to establish a process to verify the accuracy of the data.

  • H.R. 4227, the “Mapping Accuracy Promotion Services Act” or the “MAPS Act,” was introduced by Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Billy Long (R-MO). The measure specifies that it’s unlawful for a person to willfully, knowingly, or recklessly submit inaccurate broadband service data.  
  • H.R. 5000, the “Studying How to Harness Airwave Resources Efficiently Act of 2019” or the “SHARE Act,” was introduced by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Doyle (D-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH). The bill requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, in consultation with the FCC, to establish a spectrum sharing prototyping program and test bed to explore new ways for federal entities to share spectrum.
  • H.R. 4998, the “Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019,” was introduced by Chairman Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY). The legislation instructs FCC to develop and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security and prohibits the use of funds made available by FCC programs to purchase, rent, or lease such equipment. The bill also establishes the Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program to assist providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment from their networks and replacing it with more secure communications equipment.
  • H.R. 4461, the “Network Security Information Sharing Act of 2019,” was introduced by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Doyle (D-PA). The measure directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, NTIA, and FCC, to establish a program to share supply chain security risks with advanced communications service providers and trusted telecommunications equipment suppliers.
  • H.R. 2881, the “Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019,” was introduced by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Susan Brooks (R-IN). The bill directs the President to develop the “Secure Next Generation Mobile Communications Strategy” in consultation with the heads of FCC, NTIA, and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense.
  • H.R. 4500, the “Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2019,” was introduced by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The legislation directs NTIA to encourage participation by trusted American companies and other stakeholders in standards-setting bodies, and to offer technical assistance to stakeholders that do elect to participate, in the course of developing standards for 5G networks and future generations of communications networks.

November 15, 2019

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