The State of: Broadband Access in Rural Areas – Take Action

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Through a series of articles we call The State, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy and Political Affairs team is providing analysis related to "the state of" various aspects related to advocacy and political trends impacting farmers and ranchers and rural Americans.

State of: Broadband Access in Rural Areas – Take Action

We have all experienced poor internet connections. They are a part of modern life, and the frustrations are palpable.

Imagine if you lived in a rural area where broadband is a necessity for your business, your children’s education, quality health care and other activities, but access is the exception rather than the norm.

Americans in rural areas around this country need broadband, the same as you do.  Rural broadband is a critical pathway for farmers, ranchers and others to stay connected to families and communities, be informed on markets and news of the day, and  share their story with you and others.

Farmers and ranchers depend on the infrastructure of broadband just as they do highways, railways and waterways. It’s crucial. It’s vital. It’s necessary.

There is a bill in Congress that needs your attention and I ask for your action.  Learn more about H.R. 3369, the Broadband for Rural America Act, and add your name to the thousands of others making broadband available for all Americans.

This legislation will provide additional investments in USDA’s rural broadband programs while prioritizing rural areas most underserved.  H.R. 3369:

Authorizes $3.7 billion per year for critical rural broadband programs.
Targets limited resources so assistance is focused on the most rural and least-connected residents; and
Expands investment in "middle mile networks," an essential, but often overlooked, component of internet connectivity for many rural communities.

Cody Lyon is AFBF’s managing director of advocacy and political affairs.

Contact:
Cody Lyon
Managing Director, Advocacy & Political Affairs
(202) 406-3736
codyl@fb.org
 

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