On May 6 NAR sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee expressing its support for S. 1294, the Broadband Interagency Coordination Act. This legislation would direct the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter into a memorandum of understanding to coordinate the distribution of federal funds for broadband deployment. Such an agreement would reduce overbuilding and ensure funds are targeted to unserved and underserved areas.
NAR supports the following Broadband Access Principles:
- Every American should have access to a high-speed, world-class communications infrastructure
- High-capacity broadband connectivity should be affordable and widely accessible
- A variety of options should be considered to encourage quality broadband deployment and adoption including action by the public and private sector.