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H.R. 5007: Tribal Broadband Deployment Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5007

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to submit to Congress a report evaluating broadband coverage in Indian country and on land held by a Native Corporation and to complete a proceeding to address the unserved areas identified in the report.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tribal Broadband Deployment Act of 2018.

2.

Tribal digital access

(a)

Tribal broadband data report

(1)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report evaluating broadband coverage in Indian country (as defined in section 1151 of title 18, United States Code) and on land held by a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

(2)

Required assessments

The report required by paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(A)

An assessment of areas of Indian country (as so defined) and land held by a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that have adequate broadband coverage.

(B)

An assessment of unserved areas of Indian country (as so defined) and land held by a Native Corporation pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

(b)

Tribal broadband rulemaking

Not later than 30 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall complete a proceeding to address the unserved areas identified in the report under subsection (a).

(c)

Commission defined

In this section, the term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.