High-speed internet access has become a pillar of our 21st-century economy. It’s a prerequisite for economic growth in America, yet some communities in northeast Georgia and other parts of the country lack meaningful access to broadband services because their infrastructure is under-developed.
To date, government efforts to support broadband expansion have seen limited success, and grant programs intended to fuel broadband expansion in rural areas have been routinely awarded to service providers that fail to make necessary investments in infrastructure.
We must ensure that our communities have the tools necessary for sustainable economic growth, and that includes high-speed internet access. To that end, I introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to incentivize firms to expand broadband infrastructure to communities that lack high-speed access. By streamlining the process of building up broadband infrastructure, the GO Act would encourage more companies to enter low-income rural and urban communities, replacing de-facto monopolies with meaningful competition.
As long as some internet providers accept federal dollars yet underserve their areas, Congress should exercise oversight. I continue to hold carriers accountable and work to expand broadband access at local and federal levels.
WASHINGTON—Congressional Internet Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Ca.) introduced a resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Internet and commemorate the first digital data transmission on the ARPANET from UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) reintroduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act (H.R. 5082) to encourage broadband development in economically disadvantaged communities.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai requesting the FCC consider a more accurate and reliable approach to mapping broadband availability, particularly in rural areas.
GAINESVILLE—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after telecommunications provider Windstream filed for bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:
WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 427, the Connect America Fund (CAF) Accountability Act of 2019.