During Commerce Committee Hearing, Rosen Questions Telecom Experts on the State of Rural Broadband During COVID-19 Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, of which she is a member, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) questioned telecommunications experts on the need for access to broadband in rural communities in Nevada and across the nation.

“A city like Elko, Nevada – a wonderful and vibrant community in the northeastern part of our great state – ranked among the top cities nationwide for the slowest internet speed; a list you don’t want to be on the top of,” began Senator Rosen. “In fact, no city in Nevada ranked near the top for highest internet speed.

But Elko is not alone, as sixty-five percent of our rural population is without access to high-speed internet, compared to just five percent of our urban centers,” Senator Rosen continued. “What can a city like Elko do if it has no takers from telecommunication companies?”