Matsui Spectrum and Broadband Legislation Passes with Omnibus in the House

FY 2018 Omnibus Included Matsui’s Spectrum Auction Deposits Act, Spectrum Challenge Prize Act, and part of her Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, several of Congresswoman Matsui’s telecom legislative priorities passed the House as part of the FY 2018 Omnibus package.

“Together, this legislation will make our communities more competitive as they operate in the 21st century economy,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “By finding innovative ways to unlock more spectrum and deploy broadband, we are bolstering the infrastructure that fuels wireless networks across the country and, in doing so, expanding access to our shared digital future. I’m pleased this legislation has passed the House, and look forward it’s continued advancement in the Senate.”

The omnibus included Congresswoman Matsui’s Spectrum Auction Deposits Act that she co-authors with Congressman Guthrie, which provides a statutory fix related to upfront payments made by bidders that take part in spectrum auctions. Passage of this bill into law will allow the FCC to proceed with much-needed auctions to open up a significant number of spectrum frequencies for commercial use.

Also included in the omnibus package was Congresswoman Matsui’s Spectrum Challenge Prize Act, which encourages private sector innovation by awarding up to $5 million for breakthrough wireless technologies that dramatically improve spectrum efficiency.

The omnibus also included part of Congresswoman Matsui’s Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act that she co-authors with Congresswoman Susan Brooks, which aims to speed up the deployment of broadband infrastructure by reforming and improving the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands and property.