Chair McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Eshoo, and 54 members send bipartisan letter to FCC

Communications • October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.–House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) today with 54 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to support an on-time completion of the broadcast incentive auction’s repacking timeline.

The buildout resulting from the FCC’s recent auction of 600 MHz spectrum will make significant steps toward closing the digital divide. As the members write in the letter:

“The Internet has revolutionized the lives of millions of Americans, changed the way we communicate and engage in the 21st century economy, and expanded our nation’s economy. Reliable broadband internet provides significant employment, educational, health, and economic opportunities to those who have access. However, too many Americans remain unserved or underserved. One out of every ten Americans lacks broadband internet access with most of these 35 million individuals residing in rural communities. Deploying a robust broadband infrastructure across the country is not just a matter of creating jobs and stimulating economic growth here at home. Ultimately, it’s a matter of economic necessity in today’s globally-connected world.”

The full letter can be downloaded here and seen below.