WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today highlighted the Federal Highway Administration’s proposed new rule to advance broadband technology in rural America. The proposed rule would help improve coordination and utilize construction projects for installation of broadband infrastructure.
“Once again, the Trump administration is rolling up its sleeves to cut red tape, bridge the digital divide and help to efficiently expand connectivity in underserved communities. Now more than ever, there’s a critical need for broadband connectivity for online learning, teleworking, telemedicine, expanding economic growth and keeping in touch with loved ones,” Grassley said.
“Whether it’s to help our schools, businesses, and healthcare providers operate remotely, or making sure folks stay connected, reliable broadband connectivity is as important as ever for Iowans. By streamlining the process for constructing broadband projects, the administration is taking an important step to help bridge the digital divide and keep Rural America connected,” Ernst, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, said.
Grassley and Ernst have a long history of working to close the digital divide in Iowa. They are strong advocates for rural broadband deployment and providing the tools necessary to make sure that rural America is not left behind.
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