Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act Improves Access to USF for Broadband-only ProvidersWashington, DC, May 20, 2021 – The "Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act," introduced by Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will help small rural and urban broadband providers serve the digital divide. It accomplishes this by opening up the definition of USF supported services to include broadband-only providers; removing outdated requirements that walled-off broadband-only providers from receiving support; and streamlining financial reporting prerequisites needed to receive USF support.
Simply put, if this bill passes into law it will mean more and faster deployment of broadband to areas most in need of Internet connectivity, reducing the digital divide. Further, it does so without spending a single U.S. tax dollar.
Representative Butterfield’s leadership is truly welcome. In a time where COVID has shown the importance of Internet connectivity, the “Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act” meets this goal in a straightforward and inclusive way, which will quickly bring more solutions to the table for those in the digital divide.
WISPA’s 1000 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 millions of residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.