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Closing the Digital Divide in Unserved Areas is a Vital Priority

09.28.2017

Background: Today, House and Senate Democrats unveiled a plan, “A Better Deal: Universal High-Speed Internet,” for ensuring all Americans have access to broadband internet access service.

The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter:

“Closing the digital divide won’t be easy or inexpensive, but an economic jump-start for areas without access to broadband internet service will be worth the investment and remains a national priority. USTelecom’s member companies – many of which are family-owned and have connected their rural communities for decades – are eager to work with federal officials on policies that will allow them to expand or upgrade existing networks, and we thank these Congressional leaders for tackling this important issue. We look forward to working with lawmakers on an infrastructure bill, and other solutions, aimed at achieving the bipartisan goal of ensuring that broadband builds opportunities for all Americans, no matter where we live.”