Capito, Bipartisan Group Send Letter to FCC on Rural Broadband Deployment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined 62 senators in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai supporting the advancement and accessibility of broadband services in rural communities.

In the letter—led by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)—the senators requested more predictable and long-term efficiencies in the FCC’s High-Cost Universal Service Fund, which is responsible for helping to meet the commission’s goal to provide reliable and affordable communications to all Americans. Making sure the USF mechanism works as intended will enable businesses to invest and build out networks in areas lacking broadband services. The program is critical for rural Americans who live in regions of the country where service is needed, but where deploying broadband is difficult and costly.

A similar letter was led by U.S. Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and signed by 130 members of the House of Representatives.

The full text of the senators’ letter to Chairman Pai is available here.

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