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H.R. 4881 (115th): Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4881 would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to form a task force to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband needs of precision agriculture in the United States. The task force would focus on identifying and measuring gaps in broadband coverage, and developing policy recommendations to promote rapid, expanded deployment of broadband in agricultural areas.

Precision agriculture is the use of technology like the Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving machinery, drones, and satellites to farm in a more effective and efficient manner. Because rural areas often have less access to high-speed broadband connectivity, the agricultural community has more difficulty integrating the new technology that could make their work easier, safer, and better for the environment, while helping ...

Sponsor and status

Robert Latta

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 10 pages
Jan 25, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 2: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 20, 2018. (compare text)

10 Cosponsors (9 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

U.S. House Passes Latta, Loebsack Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Precision Agriculture Implementation
    — Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5] (Sponsor) on Jul 24, 2018

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 7.23.18
    — Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA9] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 23, 2018

    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Jul 30, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4881 will add $1 million in new spending through 2023.


Jan 25, 2018

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Jan 30, 2018
Considered by Communications and Technology

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Jun 13, 2018
Considered by Communications and Technology

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jul 12, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Jul 18, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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Jul 23, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 4881 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4881. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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