House Infrastructure Proposal Recognizes Importance of Broadband

 

For Immediate Release
Contact:Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (May 17, 2017)—A proposal unveiled today by Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to invest $40 billion over five years toward expanding broadband services to more Americans is a welcome step in an ongoing dialogue about how best to promote the availability and sustainability of communications infrastructure in rural America.

The Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2479), proposes investments in development of broadband, water, energy and healthcare infrastructure as part of a comprehensive package.

“We appreciate this latest contribution to the evolving debate regarding how best to promote access to broadband,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “While we’re still reviewing the details of this most recent proposal, its introduction and the amount of resources indicated reflect a clear recognition of the importance of broadband as a national infrastructure priority. The ultimate touchstones in any infrastructure discussion must be both how we can build these assets in the first instance and—especially in high-cost rural areas, where the ongoing operation of a network is itself a substantial undertaking—how we can make sure these investments are sustainable for the benefit of the consumers and businesses that depend upon them.”

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