Pence Introduces Legislation to Improve Broadband Access

September 12, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Effort Would Seek to Close Digital Divide in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Greg Pence (R-IN-06) and Peter Visclosky (D-IN-01) introduced legislation to close the digital divide in rural America. H.R. 4283, the Broadband Interagency Coordination Act of 2019, directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to enter into an agreement to coordinate on the distribution of federal funds for broadband deployment. This agreement will make it easier for rural communities to access high-speed internet by ensuring taxpayer dollars are effectively targeting unserved and underserved areas.

 “Connecting our rural communities is one of my top priorities,” said Congressman Pence. “As I travel throughout Indiana’s Sixth District, the lack of high-speed internet access is a critical issue impacting Hoosiers in rural communities. I've heard stories from students who drive to McDonald's just to complete their homework, stories from medical providers struggling to utilize telehealth advancements, and stories from our farmers who are disconnected from global markets. We must close the digital divide and ensure rural America is not left behind.”

A Senate companion, S. 1294, was introduced by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

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Congressman Greg Pence represents Indiana’s 6th District. From Columbus, Indiana, Pence advocates for conservative Hoosier values as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.