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Upton announces FCC auction expanding broadband to 16,280 southwest Michigan rural homes and businesses

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that access to high-speed broadband is expanding to 16,280 rural homes and businesses in southwest Michigan through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. The auction allocated nearly $13 million to help close the digital divide in Upton’s Congressional district. “The COVID-19 pa...

Upton announces nearly $7 million project for high-speed broadband in southwest Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a $3.3 million federal grant to help provide high-speed broadband service in southwest Michigan. The funding is part of the ReConnect Program that Upton and Congress supported in 2018. The grants recipient - Southwest Michigan Communications, Inc. – will also re...

Upton, Clyburn Introduce “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act” to Speed Up Access to High-Speed Internet in Rural America

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) today announced the introduction of the “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act,” bipartisan legislation that directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fund shovel-ready, high-speed internet projects immediately, so consumers can access broadband within a year. Roughly one in four rural households...

Upton introduces legislation to assess international data localization laws

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today introduced H.B. 7005 – the Showing How Isolationism Effects Long-term Development (SHIELD) ACT – to assess how international data localization laws impact each country’s economy, our economy, and cross-border commerce. The SHIELD Act will require the Secretary of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission to conduct an assessment and analysis...

Upton announces $10.7 million in federal funding to provide rural broadband service to nearly 7,700 residents

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing nearly $11 million for broadband service in unserved and underserved rural communities across Southwest Michigan. Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive a $10.7 million loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren a...

Upton, Dingell, Veasey, Flores Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Trump in Support of Local Media

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Bill Flores (R-TX), and Marc Veasey (D-TX) led 240 lawmakers in asking the Trump Administration to direct current federal government advertising funds to local news and media outlets. “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting local communities across our nation in unprecedented ways. All Americans are attempting to understand...

Upton receives 2020 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award from America’s Public Television Stations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today received the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award from America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2011-2017, Upton shepherded passage of legislation establishing the broadcast spectrum incentive auction and ensuring that all channel repacking costs were covered. Upton is now ...

Upton announces Congressional App Challenge Winner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Kevin Wang, a student at St. Joseph High School, has won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge from the Sixth Congressional District. Upton met with Wang at his school earlier today, where he got to see the app and discuss the importance of science and coding to 21st century careers. “Kevin and the app he created serve as s...

House votes to send legislation to stop illegal robocalls to the President’s desk

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan TRACED Act, an effort to put an end to illegal robocalls in southwest Michigan and across the country. The legislation – S. 151 - now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. “I have been part of the effort to stop illegal, pesky, and annoying robocalls all year because e...

Upton receives 2019 Champion of Science Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today received this year’s Champion of Science Award from The Science Coalition for his continued efforts in advancing scientific research and innovation across a number of issues, including health, cyber security, energy and the environment. Upton is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and helped secure additional funding for ...

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