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Ron Wyden Introduces Rural Broadband Service Legislation For Oregon

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(February 15, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (OR-R) this week introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to ensure the success of current rural broadband initiatives and to remove barriers to future rural broadband growth in Oregon and nationwide.

“All across Oregon, one of the top issues I hear about is the need to bring fast, reliable internet to our rural areas,” Wyden said. “For education, for jobs, for medicine, broadband is really essential to helping rural communities thrive today. Creating a new Office of Rural Broadband will create a new focus at FCC on making sure every home and business can get online.”

Joining Wyden in introducing the Office of Rural Broadband Act on Tuesday were U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND).

“Affordable internet access is essential for farmers, small businesses, and rural Americans,” Cramer said. “This legislation establishes an office dedicated to helping consumers gain access in previously unreached areas. As the Trump administration continues to make progress on expanding rural broadband, Congress needs to remove unnecessary barriers so more rural Americans can receive the access they need.”

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