30% of Americans in rural areas lack access to broadband. We’re continuing our work this morning on @HouseCommerce #SubCommTech to remove federal barriers & find solutions to close the #digitaldivide. Tune in live here:
We were reminded by @RepAnnaEshoo that local communities are integral to the process of finding solutions to create/sustain a digitally inclusive society. #SubCommTech.
Thanks to @RepAnnaEshoo for your praise of local leadership! #LocalVoicesMatter #SubCommTech.
@RepAnnaEshoo “this is holding back communities from achieving choice and lower costs via competition” #YAS #SubCommTech.
THANK YOU @RepAnnaEshoo for calling out opponents for #municipalbroadband! Successful city initiatives are being killed my large $ telecom interests #SubCommTech.
Local rural leaders are solving their private partnerships, open access networks, rural utilities, municipal broadband, wireless solutions - whatever works. We need to understand that legislation that limits local choice is harmful. #SubCommTech.
I would’ve liked to see some more diverse witnesses at the #SubCommTech hearing on rural broadband. As someone who grew up in the rural south, I know that rural areas include Black, Brown, and migrant communities who also need broadband to fully participate in society..
24M are underserved— aka have less than 25/3 Mbps. getting those Americans *meaningful* access is just as important as getting unserved access #SubCommTech.
“As the internet exploded, we struggled to get much more than a dial up connection - a great service in 2000, but in 2015 it posed serious challenges to running a small business and providing access to modern education or healthcare.” -Ms. Coker Craig at the #SubCommTech hearing.
YES! thank you Justin Forde of Midco: USDA RUS funding is most impactful when allocated to areas that are truly *unserved* and through technology neutral decisions #SubCommTech.
Congressman @PeterWelch brought up at important point about the fact that even when there doesn’t SEEM to be an economic case for broadband buildout in rural is most definitely a social case. #SubCommTech.
I would caution against seeing rural broadband as similar to rural electrification. It is much harder to build an Internet network. #SubCommTech.
Suzanne Coker Craig of Pinetop talks about the success of municipal broadband until the state sued to preempt the initiative — something that @MarshaBlackburn knows well as an avid opponent of #municipalBroadband #SubCommTech.
Except that #fixedwireless is not a silver bullet for every rural community— government funds are gravely needed regardless of what some WISPs are able to do with one technology. we need a comprehensive approach unique to each area’s challenges. this requires $$ #SubCommTech.
so far the rural broadband panel @ #SubCommTech have highlighted the small successes of wireless internet over spectrum, satellite and fixed broadband/ mobile — this is a perfect example of the complex, varied and tech neutral approach necessary to close the #ruraldigitaldivide.
Justin Forde of Midco: government help *is needed* to help deploy broadband to areas that need it most and are unfavorable #SubCommTech.
Satellite Industry Association’s Tom Stroup talks about the potential of satellite broadband for rural America but fails to address affordability— where available, most rural Americans can’t afford the high cost of satellite services #SubCommTech.
30% of Americans in rural areas lack access to broadband. We’re continuing our work this morning on @HouseCommerce #SubCommTech to remove federal barriers & find solutions to close the #digitaldivide. Tune in live here:.
[email protected] criticizes @FCC’s proposed changes to spectrum license — this band could expand rural broadband deployment if done right #SubCommTech #FCCruraldowngrade.
[email protected]: if we are serious about closing the #ruraldigitaldivide we have to pursue government funding to do so #SubCommTech.
[email protected]: rural America should be treated the same way as urban America when it comes to access to the internet #SubCommTech.
Hearing on Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions starting now @HouseCommerce #SubCommTech.
LIVE NOW: #SubCommTech convenes hearing titled Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions >>.
“Bridging this gap is a top priority for me and many members of the subcommittee.” – @MarshaBlackburn on closing the #DigitalDivide in rural America We hope the upcoming rural #broadband hearing facilitates this process.
A staggering look at the growing digital divide as #SubCommTech kicks off their rural broadband hearing this morning. #RuralBroadbandNow.
[email protected] #SubCommTech will be discussing challenges and opportunities for bridging the digital divide in both rural and urban communities.