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  • Matsui Applauds Passage of the Moving Forward Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Healthcare, Clean Energy, Innovation, Technology, Transportation, Education, Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the passage of the Moving Forward Act. “As we cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, we need to help get Americans back to work and act decisively to move our economy forward. An investment in our infrastructure is a clear promise of progress. New roads, bridges, and transit systems will also be met with funding for gre... Read more

  • Matsui Leads Letter Calling on FCC to Expand Flexibility for Internet Connectivity Support During the Pandemic
    Posted in Press Releases on June 17, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6) sent a letter to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging him to support expanded flexibility in the Lifeline program to help low-income consumers stay connected to voice and internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. In early June, the FCC provided new flexibility to allow some Lifeline service providers to voluntarily initiate service before a consumer's application paperwork has been finalized. Ho... Read more

  • Matsui, Eshoo, Butterfield, and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Support Broadband Connectivity for College Students in Need
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology, Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Doris Matsui (CA-6), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), and colleagues today introduced legislation to establish a new program to support college students who are unable to participate in distance learning. The Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act provides $1 billion to colleges and universities to pay for at-home internet connections for students in need. Higher education institutions can use the funding to pay for ro... Read more

  • Bipartisan Members Urge House Leaders to Promote Competition in Telecommunications Supply Chains
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), along with 34 colleagues, sent a letter to House leadership, urging them to provide funding to support the development and deployment of open and interoperable radio access networks (RANs). RANs serve as the connection between phones or hotspots and a carrier’s core network and the internet. As mobile traffic continues to evol... Read more

  • Bipartisan Members Introduce Bill to Promote Competitive and Secure 5G Equipment
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced the bipartisan “Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act of 2020“ in the House of Representatives. The bill would authorize up to $750 million for a grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)... Read more

  • Matsui Calls on FCC to Expand Internet Access for Low-Income Communities During COVID-19 Outbreak
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology, Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6) sent a letter to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging him to expand the Lifeline program for millions of Americans lacking broadband access amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone and broadband service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that a phone and access to the internet brin... Read more

  • Bipartisan E&C Bill to Protect Americans from Suspect Foreign Network Equipment Becomes Law
    Posted in Press Releases on March 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Washington, D.C. – Following President Trump signing their bipartisan Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (H.R. 4998) into law to help secure America’s telecommunications supply chain, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) released the following statement: “Securing our networks from malicious foreign interference is critical to America’s wireless future, esp... Read more

  • E&C Leaders Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Communications Networks from Supply Chain Threats
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) applauded the unanimous passage in the U.S. Senate of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (H.R. 4998), their bipartisan bill to help secure America’s telecommunications supply chain: “In today’s interconnected world, America’s wireless future depends on having networks that are secure from ma... Read more

  • Matsui, Eshoo, Thompson, Huffman Introduce Bill to Improve Emergency Response Communications Networks
    Posted in Press Releases on February 20, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Mike Thompson (CA-05), and Jared Huffman (CA-02) introduced the Emergency Reporting Act (H.R. 5918), a bill that will improve the resiliency of communications networks during emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has an obligation to assist state and local governments in preparing for, responding to, and learning from major disasters. However, the agency’s response to major disaste... Read more

  • Sac Bee: Matsui, California lawmakers fear wildfires will be left out of FCC emergency guidelines
    Posted in In The News on December 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology, Environment

    The federal government is working on guidelines to help people keep wireless carrier coverage during emergencies, but California lawmakers worry the agency is prioritizing hurricanes over wildfires. Without proper guidance, lawmakers fear victims of wildfires could be left further disadvantaged and without necessary tools of communication during disasters. The Federal Communications Commission is indicating it does not plan to include information specific to the wildfires that have devastated th... Read more

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