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Rural Broadband Caucus Co-Chairs Lead Letter Urging President Biden to Prioritize Rural Broadband in Upcoming Infrastructure Package

February 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Mark Pocan (D-Wis), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), co-chairs of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, led a bipartisan letter on Monday with 66 other Representatives asking President Biden to prioritize broadband investments in underserved areas of rural America as part of any infrastructure proposal he presents to Congress. President Biden has made a passing a major infrastructure package a top priority of his new administration.

In the letter, the Representatives wrote: “As you develop your infrastructure proposal to present to Congress, we write to urge you to include investments that will bring the benefits of broadband connectivity to unserved rural America and tribal areas. In the 21st Century, high-speed broadband is no longer a luxury amenity, but rather an essential service for homes and businesses in this interconnected world.”

Broadband access is mandatory in the 21st century and has become even more essential as the pandemic has forced many people to move online to work, attend school, and even socialize. In particular, many children without broadband access have fallen behind at school because they have been unable to attend online class or complete online work.

The Rural Broadband Caucus is a bipartisan House caucus founded in 2016. The bipartisan initiative facilitates discussion, educates Members of Congress and staff, and develops policy solutions to the digital divide that exists in rural America.