Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik cosponsored the Broadband for Rural America Act, sponsored by Republican Leader of the Agriculture Committee, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.
“Broadband is a critical component of our nation’s infrastructure, and far too many North Country families, businesses, and students lack reliable internet access. I am proud to support the Broadband for Rural America Act, an innovative solution that will target funding for the most rural corners of New York’s 21st Congressional District and ensure buildout is occurring in our underserved areas,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.
Specifically, the Broadband for Rural America Act:
- Authorizes $3.7 billion per year for critical rural broadband programs, including the ReConnect Rural Broadband Program, the Middle Mile Broadband Program, and the Innovative Broadband Advancement Program
- Targets limited resources so assistance is focused on the most rural and least-connected residents, which are often the most expensive to connect
- Promotes borrower accountability and protects taxpayers with new tools to ensure promised services are delivered to rural communities