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Latta: Closing the digital divide is critical for the vitality of rural America

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5), the Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, penned an op-ed in The Hill shining a spotlight on the need to ensure rural areas have access to reliable, high-speed Internet. Closing the digital divide is critical for the vitality of rural America By: Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) January 30, 2020 Smart phones, connect...

Latta Hosts FCC Chairman Pai in Northwest Ohio

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Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) hosted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai in Perrysburg, Ohio, at Mercy Health to discuss the intersection of internet connectivity and telehealth services and demo telehealth technologies. “Connected care services increase access to care for people in rural and low-income areas and we know telehealth can lead to better health outcomes an...

SIGNED INTO LAW: Latta’s Bipartisan Bill to Combat Robocalls

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Americans will have the security of knowing their incoming calls are legitimate because yesterday, the President signed into law a bipartisan bill, the TRACED Act, to combat the illegal robocalls that are hounding Americans across the country. The TRACED Act is a collaborative legislative package authored by members of the Senate and the House, including Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5), Energy and C...

House Passes Latta Bill to Improve Internet Access in Rural Communities

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Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bipartisan bill introduced by Energy and Commerce Republican Leader of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5), that works to ensure federal resources are appropriately allocated to communities that lack access to the internet. Currently, our broadband maps are outdated and are oftentimes inaccurate, which ca...

Latta’s Bipartisan Bill to Combat Robocalls PASSES HOUSE

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to combat illegal robocalls hounding Americans across the country. Included in this legislative package is a bill introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5), the STOP Robocalls Act, that gives phone companies and the Federal Communications Commission the tools they need to fight back against robocalls. Latta provided the following ...

Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Latta Priorities

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Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee concluded a two-day markup where members voted to pass a number of bipartisan bills working to improve health care access for new and expecting mothers, increase rural broadband capabilities, boost our economy, and more. Congressman Latta released the following statement at the conclusion of today’s markup: “The bipartisan bills the Committee passed work to...

Latta Statement on D.C. Circuit Court’s Net Neutrality Ruling

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), Republican Leader on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, released the following statement on today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on net neutrality. “The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court to uphold the FCC’s light-touch regulation and transparency rule is undoubtedly the right one. Reversing the Obama-era FCC’s to...

Latta and Welch Introduce Bipartisan Broadband MAPS Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced the bipartisan Broadband Mapping After Scrutiny (MAPS) Act. This legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a challenge process to verify fixed and mobile broadband service coverage data. Current FCC broadband maps are inaccurate, showing coverage where it does...

Latta Authors Bipartisan Bill to Combat Illegal Robocall Nuisance

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has authored legislation, the Support Tools to Obliterate Pesky (STOP) Robocalls Act, to take action to combat the nuisance that Americans are facing from illegal robocalls. One study found that Americans were targeted with more than 26 billion robocalls in 2018, a 46% increase over the year before. In his role as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Digital Commerce an...

Latta Applauds Administration Action to Ensure 5G Leadership, Close the Digital Divide

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is applauding the announcement by President Donald Trump and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai that major initiatives are being launched to ensure U.S. leadership on 5G and connect rural Americans to high-speed Internet. The FCC will launch their third 5G spectrum auction in December, the largest spectrum auction in U.S. history. In a...

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