Lawmakers Urge Changes in Rural Broadband Funding

internetColorado’s rural communities were well represented last week in two separate letters to the Federal Communications Commission calling on the agency to update how rural companies receive funding for voice and broadband services. A bipartisan U.S. Senate letter featured signatures from 61 members, including Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner. The House of Representatives sent a similarly bipartisan version to the FCC with 115 signatures, including Colorado members Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Scott Tipton, Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman. The letters asked the Federal Communications Commission to update the Connect America Fund program to better provide broadband access in high-cost, rural areas by moving away from outdated rules that tie funding for rural telecommunications to old-fashioned dial-up telephone service. Both letters take a strong stand for rural consumers and the community-based telecommunications companies providing service. You can read both letters by clicking the appropriate links below.

House letter

Senate letter

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