The infrastructure spending deal that President Joe Biden struck with a bipartisan group of senators could go a long way toward addressing critical agriculture needs, from improving waterways to making high-speed internet universal and fixing many crumbling bridges and roads.
Advocates say the Department of Agriculture's ReConnect program is working when it comes to building out high-speed internet technology into rural America but say higher speeds and more government funding is needed in the years ahead.
Companies say internet network capacity has stayed strong the last two months, but some providers are struggling to repay loans, provide internet routers, or find enough personal protective equipment to protect workers from COVID-19.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to invest about $20.4 billion in rural broadband infrastructure, a move the agency says will add high-speed internet service in about four million homes and businesses.
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is applauding recently introduced proposals from GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee aimed at addressing broadband infrastructure challenges.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – Getting policy makers to pay lip service to the need for expanded rural broadband has never been a problem. Getting those same people to act on the issue, however, hasn’t always been as easy.