rural broadband

Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints
Torres Small Addresses Rural Broadband Complaints
USDA’s Rural Development undersecretary faced numerous complaints from rural U.S. Senators about complicated grant applications, office staffing, and broadband grant duplication at a recent Farm Bill hearing.  Xochitl Torres Small defended her agency’s handling of its many functions, calling most criticisms the result of having to balance costs and fairness.  But she did agree t...
AEM: Now Is The Time To Close The Connectivity Gap
AEM: Now Is The Time To Close The Connectivity Gap
Without a reliable digital connection, American farmers cannot fully embrace the new tools and technologies allowing producers to meet the needs and demands of tomorrow, according to the Association of Equipment Manufactures.  The organization said now is the time for lawmakers, organizations, and other to come together to close the connectivity gap that exists across much of rural America.  Curt
UI Rolls Out Program To Help Rural Residents Work From Home
UI Rolls Out Program To Help Rural Residents Work From Home
University of Idaho Extension is out with a new program that the school said will prepare Idahoans and communities to take advantage of the digital economy and the opportunities that will be available.   “As all of this effort to expand broadband across the state is happening, how do we make sure that our communities are ready to fully take advantage of that?" said Amb...
Vilsack: High Speed Internet Access Allows Rural US To Succeed
Vilsack: High Speed Internet Access Allows Rural US To Succeed
In the 1930’s the federal government brought electric power to all of rural America today the mission is to bring high speed Internet access to everybody in rural areas.   “It's one of the many ways we're ensuring that folks no matter where they live have a shot at success by having access to high-speed Internet,” said Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack last week after announcing additional funding
USDA Celebrating National Co-op Month
USDA Celebrating National Co-op Month
October was National Cooperative Month, giving many across the nation an opportunity to see the intricate part the cooperative model plays in the nation’s economy, particularly in rural America.   “Whether you belong to a credit union, you get electricity in a rural area, or even if you drink milk or eat candy that has sugar from sugarbeets, you’re probably benefiting from a cooperative.”   Under
Ag Lawmakers Call For Better Rural Broadband Coordination
Ag Lawmakers Call For Better Rural Broadband Coordination
Rural broadband deployment won’t succeed in closing the “digital divide” unless the agencies handling billions of dollars in funding coordinate better.  That’s the collective sentiment of House Ag members.  Ag Chair David Scott said “effective communication” is the key to 100% rural broadband deployment using the historic Infrastructure and Jobs Act funding.   “And this is why we established proce
Legislation to Protect and Expand Broadband Access
Legislation to Protect and Expand Broadband Access
Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Joni Ernst of Iowa introduced bipartisan legislation last week to protect and expand access to high-speed internet in rural communities and encourage rural broadband investment. The Access to Capital Creates Economic Strength and Supports Rural America Act would provide regulatory relief to rural telecommunications service providers by allowing them to submi
Rural Internet Getting a Boost From USDA
Rural Internet Getting a Boost From USDA
The Biden administration official charged with coordinating the implementation of the massive bipartisan infrastructure bill, Mitch Landriue, said besides proving roads, bridges and rural electric grids and such, that bill has resources for another major goal: "Providing high speed internet to every home, every business so that rural community specifically can stay connected to jobs, precisio

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