Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler praised the announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that a majority of counties in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District will see funding for broadband internet service coming to their communities.
The FCC announced that 11 companies – that were winners in a competitive bidding process in the Connect America Fund Phase II Reverse Auction – will receive over $254 million to deploy high-speed internet service to communities across the state.
“This announcement helps ensure that a majority of counties within Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District will receive federal aid to help with the deployment of high-speech broadband internet service,” Hartzler said. “Rural Missouri towns need high-speed internet to attract even more high-paying jobs and to aid in their children’s education. With over half of rural Missourians lacking access to this vital resource, it’s time to level the playing field.”
Hartzler, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, has continuously advocated for deploying broadband internet service to rural communities. The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision by Hartzler to set a minimum speed for internet deployed through the USDA Rural Utilities Services (RUS) broadband programs, to ensure the services being provided to rural communities can adequately meet their demands. The Farm Bill also includes a provision she authored to increase private investment in rural broadband by allowing loan guarantees to be issued through RUS programs.