July 31, 2017 10:50 a.m.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said last week that he supports new bipartisan legislation that he claims would help build cell service and wireless internet coverage throughout rural Oregon.
A release from Wyden says that wireless coverage is “essential for law enforcement and healthcare providers to respond quickly to life-and-death situations” and for agriculture and small businesses to be able to communicate with their customers in the global economy.
Wyden says the Rural Wireless Act of 2017 would achieve the goals he outlined by requiring the Federal Communications Commission to establish a methodology for the collection of information about commercial mobiles service and mobile data service.
Wyden, a co-sponsor of the bill, says the legislation would ensure that the FCC has accurate cell service coverage maps throughout Oregon and across the nation. He says accurate maps would show where coverage gaps exist and are crucial to making sure federal support gets properly targeted where it is needed most to build out broadband service.