NTCA Welcomes Congressional Democrats Proposal on Closing Digital Divide

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kelly Wismer, (703) 351-2015, kwismer@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (September 28, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement regarding Congressional Democrats proposal to make a federal investment of $40 billion in expanding broadband infrastructure across the country.

“Today’s announcement by House and Senate Democrats is a welcome addition to the ongoing dialogue about how to best promote access to rural broadband,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “We commend these members of Congress for keeping rural America top of mind, and we are eager for further conversations about how to help ensure that properly tailored and effective programs can promote and sustain affordable access to future-proof broadband networks by all Americans.”

The proposal, “A Better Deal: Universal High-Speed Internet,” may be viewed online.

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