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Apr 12, 2018
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced H.R. 5497, the Office of Rural Telecommunications Act today.  

This legislation directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a Rural Telecommunications Office at the FCC and provide resources to develop rural telecommunications systems. In addition, this bill aims to coordinate agency efforts between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC).  

Cramer and Peterson, both representing rural districts, have joined together to bring broadband in a more efficient way to their constituencies. 

“The FCC and other federal agencies are joining Congress to remove barriers so broadband can be more effectively deployed in rural areas,” said Cramer. “Affordable internet service is vital to small businesses, farmers, and folks all over rural America. This legislation will help give access to consumers in unreached areas by establishing an office specializing in this issue.”  

“This needed legislation will help focus the attention of the FCC on providing rural communities with dependable and affordable broadband services,” Peterson said. “Congress needs to do everything possible to shed light on the disadvantages that millions of Americans face without it.”

The Rural Telecommunications Office Act is endorsed by NTCA The Rural Broadband Association and the Minnesota Telecom Alliance.