Kind Selected for Rural Broadband Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind has been selected as a member of the new House of Representatives Task Force on Rural Broadband. The Rural Broadband Task Force will work to create new legislation to expand rural broadband access with the aim of ending the differences between rural and urban services by 2025. Kind said in a statement to Great Rivers News that people in rural communities rely on broadband to stay connected, but many have been “left behind” and says he looks forward to working on solutions that help communities across western and central Wisconsin access affordable, high-speed internet. The Rural Broadband Task Force is chaired by House Majority Whip James. E. Clyburn. More than $60 billion in public resources have been invested to bring broadband to rural America. However, the FCC reports 25 million rural Americans are still without high-speed internet access. Wisconsin ranks 36th of America’s most connected states, with one-fifth of the state’s population considered “underserved” or with limited access to high-speed internet. Over 899,000 people in Wisconsin have access to only one internet provider, with nearly 200,000 people living in communities without any wired internet providers.

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