House Rural Broadband Caucus Writes Letter To Trump

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Dave and his fellow co-chairs of the House Rural Broadband Caucus called on President Trump to include dedicated funding for broadband connectivity in his forthcoming infrastructure proposal. The letter and release follow.

House Rural Broadband Caucus to President: Include Dedicated Broadband Funding in Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON – As President Trump prepares to unveil his infrastructure proposal, the six co-chairs of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Robert Latta (R-Ohio), today sent a letter to the president urging him to include dedicated rural broadband connectivity investments in his proposal to Congress.

“We are concerned about recent reports that your forthcoming proposal may not include investments in rural broadband connectivity,” wrote the legislators. “We write today to reiterate our support for the proposal to include funding specifically for rural broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas.”

The members continued, “Rural communities must have adequate broadband infrastructure to attract and retain businesses and human resources, close the homework gap for students and teachers, open innovative and convenient pathways to telemedicine for seniors and providers, and help farmers increase efficiencies in their barns and on their land. The future wellbeing of our communities is dependent upon this technology.”

Last year, the co-chairs of the House Rural Broadband Caucus led 71 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the President urging him to include rural broadband connectivity investments in any infrastructure proposal.

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

A year ago, a bipartisan coalition of 71 Members of Congress wrote to you advocating for the inclusion of rural broadband connectivity investments in your infrastructure proposal. We strongly believe that high-speed Internet access is essential to ensuring rural residents are not left behind in this increasingly interconnected world.

We are concerned about recent reports that your forthcoming proposal may not include investments in rural broadband connectivity. We write today to reiterate our support for the proposal to include funding specifically for rural broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas.

In the Information Age, the Internet offers endless possibilities. Unfortunately, these possibilities are not afforded to many rural Americans. This digital divide between urban and rural America is significant and demands a focused and aggressive response.

Rural communities must have adequate broadband infrastructure to attract and retain businesses and human resources, close the homework gap for students and teachers, open innovative and convenient pathways to telemedicine for seniors and providers, and help farmers increase efficiencies in their barns and on their land. The future wellbeing of our communities is dependent upon this technology.

We appreciate the Administration’s effort to promote policies that will streamline and incentivize rural broadband deployment; however, we also encourage the inclusion of connectivity investments in your infrastructure proposal. We remain committed to working with you to deliver the promise of robust broadband infrastructure to rural America.

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