Subcommittee Hearings

Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology

Broadband: A Catalyst for Small Business Growth
On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology conducted a hearing entitled Broadband: A Catalyst for Small Business Growth. The hearing began at 1:00 P.M. on February 15, 2012, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The purpose of the hearing was to examine the growth and importance of broadband to small businesses, including the role of the federal government in providing access to rural America. The Subcommittee received testimony from Ms. Mitzie Branon, General Manager, Yadkin Valley Telecom, Yadkin, NC, representing the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies, and the Western Telecommunications Alliance; Mr. Roger Bundridge, General Manager, NorthwestCell, Maryville, MO, representing the Rural Cellular Association; and Ms. Rebecca Sanders, Indiana Telehealth Network Director, Indiana Rural Health Association, Plainfield, IN, representing the National Rural Health Association.

Opening Statement:

Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Mitzie S. Branon, General Manager, Yadkin Valley Telecom, Yadkinville, North Carolina
    • Testifying on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies, and Western Telecommunications Alliance
    • Witness Disclosure 
    • Testimony 
  • Roger Bundridge, General Manager, NorthwestCell, Maryville, MO
  • Darrell M. West, VP and Director of Governance Studies, Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institute, Washington, DC
  • Rebecca Sanders, Indiana Telehealth Network Director, Indiana Rural Health Association, Plainfield, IN

    Additional Items:

  • Official Hearing Notice
  • Official Witness List
  • Official Hearing Memo
  • Official Hearing Video
  • Press Release