Collins said improving access to reliable broadband service in rural areas continues to be a top priority for him while he's in office.
- Increases Accountability – By requiring Connect America Fund (CAF) recipients to include additional information in their quarterly reports to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this bill will ensure CAF recipients are accurately reporting speeds provided to customers.
- Increases Oversight – By increasing accuracy of the quarterly reports, the FCC will have the data they need to adequately disperse CAF funds and exercise oversight over CAF resources.
- Protects Consumers – By ensuring CAF funds are being used as intended, rural and underserved areas will have increased access to reliable broadband services.
Collins has introduced other federal legislation related to rural broadband access. The Gigabit Opportunity - or GO - Act was introduced in June 2017 with a goal to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.
Collins also coordinated a May 30, 2018 forum in Dahlonega with the Federal Communications Commission chairman, so that local stakeholders could discuss their concerns.