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Senate bill would create rural broadband office at FCC

Published by: StateScoop

By: Benjamin Freed

( February 15, 2019) - Four U.S. senators introduced legislation this week that would create a dedicated office for rural-broadband expansion inside the Federal Communications Commission. The bill arrives as the FCC plans to revise its national map of high-speed internet coverage and as multiple states have created their own broadband offices.

The bill, text of which has not yet been released, is sponsored by Republicans Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and John Hoeven of South Dakota and Democrats Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

“For education, for jobs, for medicine, broadband is really essential to helping rural communities thrive today,” Wyden said in a press release. “Creating a new Office of Rural Broadband will create a new focus at FCC on making sure every home and business can get online.”

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