Taking the Rural Broadband Story to the Senate - HCTC

Taking the Rural Broadband Story to the Senate

NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association - Rural ConnectionsAmerica's Rural Broadband Providers: Keeping you connected in a changing world. Visit ntca.org/smartIn mid-May, I appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss the status of broadband during this time of crisis that has so many Americans working, learning and socializing from home.
I have never been more proud of the broadband providers we represent, watching them move quickly and think outside the box to get the job done for their customers. It was a privilege to share with senators that NTCA’s community-based broadband providers were well prepared to keep Americans connected during a crisis — thanks to their community commitment, their entrepreneurial spirit and the support of Congress, the FCC and RUS.
NTCA members have led the charge in building future-proof broadband networks for years and are doing all they can to keep everyone’s internet lights on. But I reminded the committee that to do that, these providers need to keep their own lights on as well.
First, I reminded senators how important it will be to pass the “Keeping Critical Connections Act” to create a temporary emergency fund to keep Americans connected during the pandemic.
Moving forward, Congress should adopt a “Forever Connected” perspective when it comes to promoting broadband. No American should get second-class broadband service, or worse yet, no service at all.
I appreciated the opportunity to share with senators the story of NTCA members, the Smart Rural Communities they are helping to build, and what support they need to write the next chapter.