Promoting and Expanding Access to Technology
"In a global economy, all Vermonters and all Vermont businesses must have access to high speed internet and emerging technologies to be connected and competitive. An explosion in technological advancements is benefitting all sectors of our economy. Our farmers are using technology to produce higher yields; our doctors and nurses are using new machines to save lives and improve the health of their patients; and homeowners and businesses are using real time energy use data to cut their energy bills. I strongly support efforts to ensure that every Vermonter, including rural Vermonters have access to the many advantages of this new technological era."
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As the founder and co-chair of the House Rural Telecommunications Working Group, Rep. Welch has put rural telecommunications challenges at the top of his committee’s agenda, the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He has introduced legislation to reduce dropped calls in rural areas and hold telecom companies accountable for poor service. Working with Senators Leahy and Sanders, he secured funding to extend internet service to unserved towns and schools. And he leads a bipartisan effort in the House to stop data breaches and protect the privacy of consumers and businesses.
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Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission chairman’s proposal to repeal net neutrality rules.
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- At a press conference today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) urged Vermonters to make their views known to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its plan to allow internet service providers to create a fast lane on the internet for large corporate customers willing to pay a fee to move their content ahead of other internet users. Welch, a longtime advocate of a free and open internet, strongly opposes the FCC plan. He was joined at the press conference by Mark Heyman from Logic Supply and John Kitonis from Inntopia.com.
The U.S. House has unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., that aims to improve the quality of rural phone service.
“Whether an emergency call or a business order, Vermonters should have confidence that their calls are completed without disruption,” Welch said in a statement. “This bill helps address the epidemic of dropped calls in rural America and will ensure calls to emergency responders, businesses, customers, family and friends are reliably connected.”
WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that would direct the Department of Commerce to assess and quantify the contributions to job creation and consumer spending of the outdoor and recreation industry. The Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act would ensure that outdoor recreation jobs are counted by the federal government and would be measured as part of the overall GDP, for the first time ever.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act (H.R. 2566), legislation introduced by Iowa Congressman David Young and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch to address call quality and reliability standards in rural areas.