America's electric cooperatives support call for rural broadband expansion

midewest energy coop 500 333 2be35midewest energy coop 500 333 2be35America's electric co-ops are praising an effort by the House Rural Broadband Caucus to make rural broadband access a top economic development priority. Here, a Midwest Energy Cooperative crew pull fiber cable in Schoolcraft, Michigan. [photo: Midwest Energy Cooperative]America’s Electric Cooperatives last week applauded the 71 members of Congress who sent a letter to President Trump, calling on him to include investments to bring broadband to rural America in his infrastructure proposal.

The letter was coordinated by the House Rural Broadband Caucus, which is led by co-chairs: Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bob Latta (R-OH), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Peter Welch D-VT) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

“Without access to high-speed internet, rural communities are being left behind in the 21st century economy,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “The Rural Broadband Caucus understands this issue well, and we appreciate their leadership. Expanding broadband access in rural America should be a top economic development priority. We look forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress to address this problem.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an NCBA CLUSA member, is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.


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