CCA Applauds Administration’s Rural Prosperity Task Force Work; Reducing Barriers to Infrastructure Deployment Will Benefit Rural America and Beyond
Washington, DC – January 8, 2018 – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue presented the Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force (“Task Force”) Report, entitled the “Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity” (“Report”) to the President. The report identifies over 100 recommendations for the federal government to consider to help improve life in rural America. CCA commends the Task Force for its Report, which recognizes the critical need for seamless high-speed broadband coverage in rural areas and fully supports the recommendation to reduce regulatory barriers to infrastructure, including allowing infrastructure builds on federal facilities.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I commend the Rural Prosperity Task Force for its important work on behalf of rural America and couldn’t agree more that robust broadband connectivity in these areas is absolutely essential to everyday life. The Repor rightly recognizes the unfortunate truth that many rural areas remain unserved and underserved, creating a digital divide throughout the country. CCA members serve some of the most rural and difficult-to-reach areas and are ready and willing to buildout in these locations. I strongly support the recommendation to reduce regulatory barriers to infrastructure deployment, which not only will help bridge the digital divide, but will also help stimulate economic growth and create jobs.”
“I commend the Administration for its work to streamline permitting processes, and especially for allowing infrastructure builds on federal facilities. There is no question federal lands are an important part of our country and providing seamless coverage in these areas is just as important as any other location, especially during times of emergencies. Encouraging investment in broadband infrastructure will strengthen the U.S.’s position as a global broadband leader, will help boost the economy and, most importantly, will help close the digital divide so that no American will be left behind in a connected world. I thank the Task Force for its work on the Report and look forward to our continued work with the Administration on this critical issue.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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