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S. 645 (115th): Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2018


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 2, 2018 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 613

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 645

[Report No. 115–341]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 15, 2017

(for herself, Mrs. Capito, Mr. King, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Franken, Mr. Sullivan, and Ms. Cortez Masto) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

October 2 (legislative day, September 28), 2018

Reported by , with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the economy of the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2017.

2.

Assessment and analysis of the effect of broadband deployment on economy of the United States

(a)

Broadband defined

In this section, the term broadband means an Internet Protocol-based transmission service that enables users to send and receive voice, video, data, or graphics, or a combination of those items.

(b)

Assessment and analysis required

The Secretary of Commerce shall, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the economy of the United States.

(c)

Considerations

In conducting the assessment and analysis required by subsection (b), the Secretary shall consider matters relating to employment, including job creation, business headcount, online commerce, income, education and distance learning, telehealth, telework, agriculture, population growth, population density, broadband speed, and geography.

(d)

Consultation

In conducting the assessment and analysis required by subsection (b), the Secretary shall consult with—

(1)

the heads of such agencies and offices of the Federal Government as the Secretary considers appropriate, including the Secretary of Agriculture, the Director of the Bureau of the Census, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Small Business Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission;

(2)

representatives of business, including rural and urban Internet service providers and telecommunications infrastructure providers;

(3)

representatives from State, local, and tribal government agencies; and

(4)

representatives from consumer and community organizations.

(e)

Report

(1)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the findings of the Secretary with respect to the assessment and analysis conducted under subsection (b).

(2)

Appropriate committees of Congress

In this subsection, the term appropriate committees of Congress means—

(A)

the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate;

(B)

the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate;

(C)

the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate;

(D)

the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives;

(E)

the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives; and

(F)

the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2018.

2.

Assessment and analysis regarding the effect of the digital economy on the economy of the United States

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Appropriate committees of Congress

The term appropriate committees of Congress means—

(A)

the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate;

(B)

the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate;

(C)

the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate;

(D)

the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives;

(E)

the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives; and

(F)

the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Assistant Secretary

The term Assistant Secretary means the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.

(3)

Broadband

The term broadband means an Internet Protocol-based transmission service that enables users to send and receive voice, video, data, or graphics, or a combination of those items.

(4)

Digital economy

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), the term digital economy has the meaning given the term by the Secretary in carrying out this section.

(B)

Considerations

In establishing a definition for the term digital economy under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall consider—

(i)

the digital-enabling infrastructure that a computer network needs to exist and operate; and

(ii)

the roles of e-commerce and digital media.

(5)

Digital media

The term digital media means the content that participants in e-commerce create and access.

(6)

E-commerce

The term e-commerce means the digital transactions that take place using the infrastructure described in paragraph (4)(B)(i).

(7)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce.

(b)

Biennial assessment and analysis required

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and biennially thereafter, the Secretary, in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce and the Assistant Secretary, shall conduct an assessment and analysis regarding the contribution of the digital economy to the economy of the United States.

(c)

Considerations and consultation

In conducting each assessment and analysis required under subsection (b), the Secretary shall—

(1)

consider the impact of—

(A)

the deployment and adoption of—

(i)

digital-enabling infrastructure; and

(ii)

broadband;

(B)

e-commerce and platform-enabled peer-to-peer commerce; and

(C)

the production and consumption of digital media, including free media; and

(2)

consult with—

(A)

the heads of any agencies and offices of the Federal Government as the Secretary considers appropriate, including the Secretary of Agriculture, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission;

(B)

representatives of the business community, including rural and urban Internet service providers and telecommunications infrastructure providers;

(C)

representatives from State, local, and tribal government agencies; and

(D)

representatives from consumer and community organizations.

(d)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report regarding the findings of the Secretary with respect to each assessment and analysis conducted under subsection (b).

October 2 (legislative day, September 28), 2018

Reported with an amendment