Chairman Chabot Responds To President’s Decision To Improve Rural Access to Broadband
WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the President issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of the Interior to increase access to broadband tower facilities and other assets to support rural broadband deployment and an Executive Order streamlining broadband infrastructure installation in federally owned buildings:
“Traditionally, rural America has not kept pace with urban areas in large part because of its lack of access to reliable broadband. This week’s economic announcement will help small businesses in rural areas better compete with their urban counterparts and better serve their communities. Small businesses depend on new telecommunications technologies to compete not only in small towns but across the country and, in some cases, the world.”
Addressing the issue of rural broadband access has remained a priority for the Committee. Earlier this Congress, the Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade held a hearing titled, “Improving Broadband Deployment Solutions for Rural America” to examine how to expand broadband to rural America. The Committee on Small Businesses will continue to work toward ensuring small businesses have the resources they need to succeed.