Trump's Infrastructure Plan Includes Rural Broadband Expansion
The rumored $1 trillion proposal includes enhanced broadband access for rural America
President Trump delivered a speech this week at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in which he said his upcoming infrastructure plan will include expanded broadband access in rural areas.
"I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal -- $1 trillion proposal, you'll be seeing it very shortly -- to promote and foster, enhance broadband access for rural America," he said.
Compared to urban areas, rural regions have had less access to high-speed internet which prompted the FCC to launch its Connect America Fund in 2014, according to the report. Earlier this year, New York Representatives asked the president to include expanded broadband access in his infrastructure plan.
"We think we ought to have the same push to have broadband connectivity all over the country because in the 21st century it is just as important as a telephone, water, sewer, roads. It has become an infrastructure of necessity,” said US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.