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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."


Spotlight on Technology

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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June 29, 2018 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – This morning at Burlington’s City Market electric vehicle charging station on Flynn Avenue, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled legislation he authored to make electric vehicles more affordable, easier to purchase, and easier to charge.

June 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), along with Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.) sent a letter requesting that the Department of Education continue to study strategies to close the homework gap for school-age children lacking broadband access outside of the classroom in order to fully complete the research that Congress required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a congressional resolution designating the week of June 11 through June 15, 2018 as “High Performance Building Week.” The resolution recognizes that high performance buildings promote water and energy efficiency, protecting natural resources and reducing costs for building occupants.

June 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) have introduced H.R. 6032, the SMART IoT Act, which directs the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on the state of the internet-connected device industry. According to one study, Internet of Things (IoT) applications are estimated to have a $11.1 trillion global economic impact by the year 2025.

May 17, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his failure to address lack of broadband access in rural areas. The letter specifically cites Pai’s recent decision to delay addressing cuts to the Legacy Rate of Return program, a critical program responsible for bringing internet access to rural areas around the country, and cuts made to other programs designed to support broadband access.

May 3, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following joint statement today after news that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai directed the immediate transfer of the Universal Service Fund to the U.S. Treasury:

April 6, 2018 In The News

A visit here Wednesday served as a reminder to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of the countryside communities that need a hand in order to prosper. 

"We should be reinvesting in rural America," the Vermont Democrat told members of the Old School Enrichment Council at the former Twin Valley High School, which they are turning into a community center. "That should be the priority." 

Welch recalled coming to Wilmington after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the downtown in August 2011. 

March 22, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which passed the House on a vote of 256-167:

“I voted for this bill because, on balance, it is good for Vermont and good for the country.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018) – On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, Senate and House Democrats – including Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) -- introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch are all original cosponsors of the House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Late yesterday, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that will improve landline telephone service in rural areas plagued by phone calls being dropped or not getting through at all.