Reps. Reed, Brindisi say more investment needed for rural broadband

July 15, 2019 0 By vaughngolden

Industries across the country are rapidly growing reliant on internet connectivity. As that expansion continues, getting rural areas connected to the internet is also growing as a pressing issue for the nation’s lawmakers.

Last week, a House subcommittee held a hearing about success stories of rural areas that have been able to extend access to broadband internet. The panel included a doctor who uses the internet to provide emergency advice when he’s not at the hospital and a farmer who is now able to use software to more efficiently fertilize crops.

A nation-wide expansion of broadband comes up regularly on Capitol Hill, but Congress falls shot on including it in a standalone package.

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