Greg Walden Statement on President Trump Signing Broadband Mapping Bill
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act. The bill would improve broadband mapping, boost connectivity, and make sure our limited resources are used to deploy broadband in communities that need it most, like parts of rural Oregon.
"I applaud President Trump for recognizing the critical need of improved broadband mapping and signing this bill into law. Expanding and improving broadband mapping is imperative for Oregon's rural communities, especially as our nation responds to the coronavirus. Far too many Oregonians, as well as millions of citizens who live in rural America, lack access to reliable internet service. Before we can expand broadband to communities who lack access, we must study where broadband funding would be most effective. Accurate maps are key to improving rural broadband, and this legislation would bring us one step closer to achieving that.” said Walden.
Walden has been a steadfast advocate for expanding rural broadband. He has led multiple hearings on this issue and helped pass several bills into law. In 2018, Walden brought Chairman Pai out to eastern Oregon to discuss efforts to improve connectivity in rural communities, including making sure patients in remote areas have access to the best doctors through technology like Telehealth.