WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) participated in an Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on broadband challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Mullin highlighted the need for an FCC study on the impact of big streamers like Google, Netflix and Amazon have on rural broadband networks, getting service to unserved communities, and consumer costs.
“We have been talking about broadband in rural parts, I just want to point out, I live it every day”, said Mullin. “Less than 50% of my district has broadband coverage...I have 6 kids around our kitchen table upstairs doing homework as we speak. It wasn’t until December of last year that our electric coop actually brought us broadband down here.”
“We have an issue in the rural parts of our country...we have companies like Netflix and Amazon that pay nothing to livestream their videos. [Many rural broadband providers] cannot keep up with the livestream demand from Netflix and Amazon that pay nothing to deliver their services to customers' homes, yet customers are left having to pay for it,” Mullin continued.
Full video of Mullin’s remarks can be found here