WISPA Commends House Passage of Broadband Mapping Bills

Today, the House passed two broadband mapping bills: H.R. 4229, the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act” (Broadband DATA Act), introduced by Energy and Commerce Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA), requiring the FCC to create new accurate and verifiable broadband maps; and H.R. 4227, the “Mapping Accuracy Promotion Services Act” (MAPS Act), introduced by Energy and Commerce Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), specifying that it is unlawful for a person to willfully, knowingly, or recklessly submit inaccurate broadband service data.
The following statement may be attributed to Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA:
Washington, DC, December 16, 2019 – WISPA commends today’s passage of the Broadband DATA Act and the MAPS Act, which taken on their own and together witness Congress’ zeal to ensure our broadband maps are accurate, and thus useful in directing limited government support to areas that truly lack broadband.
Knowing where broadband is and isn’t is key to erasing the digital divide.  Our own mapping efforts, which have led to the creation of a broadband serviceable location fabric, provides a hyper-accurate level of detail demanded to comprehensively understand the extent of the divide.  Similarly, the Broadband DATA Act and MAPS Act make important contributions toward improving broadband mapping, working to rectify deficiencies in the Nation’s present maps to help policymakers clearly identify and efficiently guide support to the right places. 
When we have the right information we know how best to confront the challenge, furthering U.S. taxpayer dollars, and, more importantly, getting more Americans online.  WISPA thanks the House for passing these pieces of legislation, and looks forward to working with both the House and Senate to help make our Nation's broadband maps more accurate so all Americans, no matter where they live, can get online and prosper.
WISPA’s approximately 850 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 6 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.
Mike Wendy