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Rick Worthington Rural Broadband Progress
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: April 04, 2018

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Back in January - President Trump signed two executive orders related to expanding rural broadband access.

It’s still a talking point in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. Sara Ryan is with the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and says having high speed internet levels the playing field.

It's a slow process, but the Rural Wireless Access Act -- moved a step closer to reality following a vote in the U.S. Senate in early March.

Legislation to establish a new standard for measuring mobile speed and performance in underserved areas moved a step closer to reality following a vote in the U.S. Senate.

The chamber unanimously passed the Rural Wireless Access Act, which would establish a "consistent methodology" for the Federal Communications Commission to collect data for the Universal Service Fund or similar programs.

The adjustment, supporters said, would help ensure that federal funding for broadband infrastructure is distributed equitably between urban and rural areas.

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