NTCA Welcomes Senate Legislation to Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband

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

Arlington, Va. (March 15, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today commended Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.), co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus, and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors for introducing the “Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act of 2017.”

The legislation seeks to produce current statistics on the economic impact of broadband and would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. It is co-sponsored by Sens. Angus King (I–Maine), Heidi Heitkamp (D–N.D.), John Boozman (R–Ark.), Al Franken (D–Minn.), and Dan Sullivan (R–Alaska).

“As NTCA’s Smart Rural Community program highlights, our national broadband challenge is as much about sustainability as it is about availability,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “The ongoing availability of robust broadband at affordable prices is essential to maintaining a rich quality of life and economic growth in both urban and rural America. An enhanced understanding of the economic impact of broadband will enable greater recognition of the payback that comes from sustainable access to broadband and help to inform policymaking decisions going forward.”

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