10.08.15

Gardner Announces Bill To Expand Rural Broadband Access

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he has joined with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce the Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act. 

The Act would cut down on federal red tape on broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas. It promotes a so-called “dig once” policy, which would encourage adding broadband infrastructure to new and expanding federally-funded highway projects. The Act would further streamline broadband infrastructure development on federal lands and property.

“Access to broadband is access to the modern economy,” Gardner said. “This bill would make federal construction projects more efficient by encouraging simultaneous construction of transportation and broadband infrastructure. In addition, the bill would build on my efforts to encourage faster deployment of broadband infrastructure on federal lands. Continued rural economic development depends on expanded broadband internet access, and I’m proud to support this effort to ensure that expansion happens."

In a Commerce Committee hearing yesterday, Senator Gardner asked former FCC Commissioner and current President of the Wireless Infrastructure Association Jonathan Adelstein about his support for this legislation. Adelstein replied that he thinks it’s a “fantastic idea… important for rural and urban areas alike.”                          

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

 

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