For Immediate Release
May 20th, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) cosponsored the Broadband for Rural America Act developed by the House Agriculture Committee.
“Increasing broadband access in Western New York has been a top priority of mine since taking office, and I continue to work to advance rural communities’ access to this critical service,” Jacobs said. “The pandemic has made it more clear broadband expansion is critical to moving our region forward, and the Broadband for Rural America Act brings us one step closer to closing the digital divide and bolstering our students, farmers, and small businesses.”
This legislation authorizes $3.7 billion per year for broadband expansion and connection programs, including the USDA’s Broadband ReConnect Program. In addition, it codifies a set standard for internet speeds at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) target of 25/3 Mbps upload and download speeds. Finally, the legislation invests in the development and deployment of future-proof technologies to support the long-term needs of residents and focuses funding to expanding access in the hardest-to-reach rural areas.
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