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Wittman Joins Legislation to Increase Broadband Project Assistance for Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), co-chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, announced his support for the ReConnecting Rural America Act. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Zach Nunn (IA-03), would assist with the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural areas.

“Reliable broadband access has the potential to revolutionize the way rural families, students, and businesses live their lives,” said Rep. Wittman. “While folks in urban areas often have immediate access to important services such as telemedicine, virtual education, and online banking, rural populations continue to be left on the sideline. The ReConnecting Rural America Act offers proven solutions for expanding broadband access to underserved and unserved populations. We absolutely must work to close the digital divide, and I’m proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in leading the effort to increase broadband resources and accessibility for rural communities.”

The ReConnecting Rural America Act:

  • Establishes 100/100 required build out speeds;

  • Prioritizes unserved and underserved communities;

  • Allows USDA to make loans, grants, and loan/grant combos;

  • Provides sufficient authorization levels to address the overwhelming demand for the program

The ReConnecting Rural America Act was drafted in close consultation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association and has been formally endorsed by both organizations.

To read the full bill text, click the attached file.