The New Jersey congressman sponsoring the AIRWAVES Act told Big League Politics why his bill is an important step in the national effort to reboot the expansion of 5G Internet service.
“People care about Internet policy,” said Rep. Leonard J. Lance (R.-N.J.), the vice-chair of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
“We have a chance to put a bipartisan bill on the President’s desk that will actually improve service and reliability – at a time when consumers are demanding more and more data,” the congressman said.
“We need to make sure enough commercial spectrum is available as we try to win the international race to 5G. This should pass with overwhelming bipartisan support,” he said. “There are unserved areas that don’t enjoy the high-speed service of metropolitan areas. It’s time to end this divide.”
The bill seeks to encourage the federal government to free up more spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use, he said.
More spectrum will improve data service from all providers and help close geographic gaps in coverage, he said. Unlicensed spectrum will also help support the usage of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, among other innovations.
The Lance bill is cosponsored by the senior Democrat on the subcommittee, Pennsylvania’s Rep. Michael F. Doyle.
“I’m very proud that this legislation requires that 10 percent of the proceeds from the spectrum auctions included in this bill would go toward the buildout of wireless broadband in rural America,” Doyle said.
“These are much-needed investments that would benefit unserved and underserved communities,” he said.
“To compete in the 21st century we must have a robust spectrum pipeline so we can win the race to 5G as we did with 4G LTE,” Lance said.
“We also have to close the connectivity divide and bring reliable Internet service to a larger segment of Americans – especially those in unserved areas,” he said.
The legislation includes requirements to make sure rural areas get attention by dedicating certain proceeds from spectrum auctions go directly into development for wireless broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved areas, he said.
BREAKING: Mitch McConnell Pledges to Bring Up Confirmation of New SCOTUS Justice for a Senate Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging to bring up a tentative Supreme Court nominee for confirmation before the November election.
Wow: looks like Mitch McConnell is willing to go for confirming a new Supreme Court Justice. pic.twitter.com/b1OYlehPc8
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell dispelled notions that the situation was similar to the 2016 blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, citing the Republican Majority in the Senate at the time. The President’s party controls the Senate this time around, and it increased its electoral majority in the 2018 election.
Liberally-inclined Republican Senators such as Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins could prove integral to confirming a SCOTUS nominee. The latter two have already stated that they wouldn’t vote to confirm a new justice during a presidential election season, even if the President’s party controlled the Senate.
Chuck Schumer is already pledging to block a new SCOTUS confirmation “until we have a new President,” suggesting he’s seeking to block Trump from even making a new SCOTUS appointment during his potential second term.
This Supreme Court battle could be one for the ages.
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