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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."


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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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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.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), co-chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the president’s infrastructure proposal:

January 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As President Trump prepares to unveil his infrastructure proposal, the six co-chairs of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Robert Latta (R-Ohio), today sent a letter to the president urging him to include dedicated rural broadband connectivity investments in his proposal to Congress.

January 16, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and other lawmakers in Congress plan to introduce legislation blocking a recent decision abolishing net neutrality regulations.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to roll back Obama-era rules that required internet service providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet.

January 12, 2018 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – This afternoon, at a roundtable discussion of business, education, medical, agricultural, and community services leaders, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled legislation he will introduce in the House to reverse the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to gut net neutrality.

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – At a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus released a comprehensive report outlining policy options to build a 21st century infrastructure network for America.

“America has a 21st century economy supported by a 20th century infrastructure. Potholes don’t fix themselves. Our roads and bridges are crumbling. Whole swaths of the country lack access to basic broadband,” said Welch. “America needs a long-term infrastructure bill with a sustainable funding source.”

January 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Peter Welch and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that GAO review the effects of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) plan to transfer the Universal Service Fund (USF) from the private bank where it is currently held to the U.S. Treasury.