Week Ahead for the Committee: March 17-21
Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Rural Broadband
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of March 17, 2014:
On Thursday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), will conduct a field hearing titled, Expanding Broadband Access and Capabilities to Small Businesses in Rural New York. The hearing will examine the strategy and role of the federal government in expanding broadband capabilities to small businesses, specifically in rural communities. Representatives from various Internet providers and the business community will testify about issues such as Universal Service Fund reform, the Federal Communications Commission, wireless spectrum, and federal broadband programs.
"There are many rural parts of our nation, including several communities in my Congressional District in Upstate New York, that do not have access to broadband Internet," said Chairman Collins. "This lack of access is a significant roadblock for small business owners and farmers working hard every day to serve their community and grow their businesses. I look forward to talking with key stakeholders about the regulatory factors that lead to the expansion of broadband into rural areas and hear from those affected about how improved access could change their business for the better."
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Orleans County Legislature, 3 South Main Street, Albion, New York
Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology
Expanding Broadband Access and Capabilities to Small Businesses in Rural New York