Co-ops applaud congressional call to expand rural broadband

Fiber Optics Warning PoleAmerica’s electric cooperatives applauded the 71 members of Congress who sent a letter to President Trump calling for him to include investments to bring broadband service to rural America in his infrastructure proposal.

The letter was coordinated by the House Rural Broadband Caucus, which is led by co-chairs: Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bob Latta (R-OH) Rep., Mark Pocan (D-WI), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

“Without access to high-speed internet, rural communities are being left behind in the 21st century economy,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “The Rural Broadband Caucus understands this issue well, and we appreciate their leadership. Expanding broadband access in rural America should be a top economic development priority. We look forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress to address this problem.”