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FCC Reauthorization Bill Includes Two Eshoo Legislative Priorities that will Reduce Cost of Broadband Deployment and Improve 9-1-1 Call-Location Accuracy
WASHINGTON, D.C— As the House passed the RAY BAUM’S Act today to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced two major legislative wins in the final bill, including her bills ‘Dig Once’ and the RESPONSE Act.
“The RAY BAUM’s Act is the product of many long hours of hard work to achieve a bipartisan, bicameral compromise, and while no bill is perfect, this Act contains many solid policy advancements for digital communications in the 21st century,” Rep. Eshoo said. “I’m especially proud to see two pieces of legislation I’ve championed for many years included in this package.”
“Dig Once will make it easier for states and broadband providers to enter new and underserved markets by laying the broadband conduit during construction of roads. This will reduce costs drastically and increase access for communities across the country,” Eshoo continued.
“The RESPONSE Act will provide first responders with the precise location of a 9-1-1 caller, whether they’re on the 20th floor of a hotel or the 30th story of an office building. Every second counts in lives saved during emergencies, and location technology is essential for first responders to save the lives of those in danger.”
Eshoo’s ‘Dig Once’ policy mandates the inclusion of broadband conduit—plastic pipes which house fiber-optic communications cable—during the construction of any road receiving federal funding. This practice will eliminate the need to dig up recently-paved roads to expand broadband infrastructure, significantly reducing the cost of increasing Internet access to underserved communities across the country.
The RESPONSE Act requires the FCC to conclude a proceeding requiring all 9-1-1 calls, including those made from Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MTS) to provide first responders with the precise location of a 9-1-1 caller. This will ensure that anyone dialing 9-1-1 from a MTS, commonly found in office buildings and hotels, will have their specific location sent to first responders.
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