House Passes Bill To Coordinate Broadband Growth

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 5:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation on Wednesday aimed at revving up broadband deployment by creating a national program that would coordinate federal efforts to grow high-speed internet.

The ACCESS Broadband Act, which easily passed the House by voice vote, calls for establishing the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., the bipartisan measure would direct the new office to conduct outreach, including connecting with communities that need access to high-speed internet and holding regional workshops across the country to share strategies for promoting broadband. It would...

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