WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to increase broadband speed requirements so that Americans, particularly in rural and underserved areas, have access to the download and upload speeds necessary to participate in telehealth, telework, and remote learning.
“Without agency action, the FCC risks leaving Americans in rural areas behind,” wrote the senators. “We respectfully urge the FCC to take action to enhance these programs as soon as possible. Doing so will position the FCC to better respond to the needs of our constituents living and working in rural high-cost areas. We appreciate your work to bring fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to every American.”
The FCC is considering proposals to update two programs that help connect people in rural America to affordable broadband services that are provided by local, smaller telecom companies. The letter urges the FCC to move forward with updates to these programs that would give more Nevadans access to higher-speed broadband than what is currently required.
Senator Rosen has been a strong fighter for expanding broadband access in Nevada. She helped write the broadband section of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law last year and is delivering $65 billion in overall investment to make broadband available and affordable to Americans.
The letter can be read in full here.