WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a leader on the Appropriations Committee, today highlighted the measures included in the recently passed spending bills to support enhanced broadband access, especially in rural areas such as West Virginia. President Donald Trump signed the FY20 funding bills on December 20, 2019.
Numerous government agencies play a role in broadband deployment, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Whether it is providing funds for expanded capabilities, accurate mapping, or improved regulatory policies, the scope of this challenge spans several federal agencies.
“Since my first day in the U.S. Senate, I have been committed to improving and expanding broadband access in West Virginia,” Senator Capito said. “At my urging, several aspects of these funding bills reflect the goals of my Capito Connect plan, whether through providing funds for expanding access in local communities to improved mapping capabilities and measurements. I was proud to secure these important funds that will go a long way in furthering our efforts to better connect West Virginia, and I will continue to work for these important initiatives on behalf of all of our rural communities throughout the state.”
Measures supporting efforts to enhance broadband access included in each Appropriations Package are included below:
FY2020 CONSOLIDATED NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE
FY2020 CONSOLIDATED DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
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