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Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a field hearing titled, “Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325-3404.

Without the ability to disseminate the high costs of deployment or leverage economies of scale, small communities often rely on assistance from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Agriculture to mitigate these high costs. Recent improvements to these programs have helped, but more can be done, especially as Congress debates an infrastructure bill. Over the last couple of years, Congress has enacted several bipartisan efforts to quickly increase the amount of resources available to these communities, but a lack of clarity leaves many of these programs underutilized.

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Brandon W. Carson
Director, Planning & Community Development Division
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
Altoona, PA 

Mr. L. Michael Ross, EDP
Chambersburg, PA

Mr. Anthony Angelini
Social Studies Teacher
New Oxford Middle School, Conewago Valley School District
Gettysburg, PA

Mr. Brock Widerman
Adams County Farm Bureau 
Gettysburg, PA

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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