Brian Weiss

USTelecom Statement on Chairman Wicker’s ‘Accelerating Broadband Connectivity Act’

Background: Today, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced the Accelerating Broadband Connectivity (ABC) Act, legislation to speed broadband deployment in unserved areas through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom’s president and CEO:

“Senator Wicker’s legislation strengthens the landmark Rural Digital Opportunity Fund in meaningful and innovative ways. First, it adds essential funding to the program that will bring high-speed broadband to unserved parts of rural America. Second, it creates new incentives to accelerate the construction of broadband infrastructure – something that matters more than anything if you live in a community still lacking connectivity. Finishing the job of connecting all Americans requires a partnership with Washington and bolstering and expediting RDOF is a smart and achievable place to start. Let’s not wait much longer to get this technology to the families, businesses, patients and students that need it the most.”