Today the United States House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn announced in a statement sent to Cord Cutters News that they are launching a new task force on rural broadband. The goal of this task force is to get all Americans high-speed Internet by 2025.
“High-speed internet is an essential service in America today—yet too many of our fellow citizens in rural communities are being left behind. I have heard numerous stories of families traveling many miles to places where their children can access the internet to do their homework,” said Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. “It’s unacceptable in 2019 that many rural communities have limited to no access to the internet. If rural America is to thrive in the 21st century information economy, it must have affordable and accessible internet service to every community.”
This all comes after the House and President Trump reached a deal in principle to develop a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.
The FCC has already announced plans to spend $20.4 billion on efforts to expand broadband to 4 million rural American homes. To do this, the FCC is creating a new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. This new fund will be used to help roll out infrastructure to rural Americans in preparation for 5G technologies, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Now with the House on board efforts to roll out high-speed Internet should dramatically speed up.
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