LATEST SENATOR KING
UNITY, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today hosted a listening tour with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association to discuss the importance of rural broadband for rural education, health care, and for growing Maine’s rural economy. During the tour, Senator King announced his support for the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, legislation that would expand the resources available for building broadband infrastructure by expanding an existing loan program to include grant funding to help support projects in rural and tribal areas.
“Reliable rural broadband access is essential to strengthen and diversify Maine’s economy,” Senator King said. “As we have seen today, rural broadband can help entrepreneurs grow their business, enable farmers to practice precision agriculture and access new markets, and help students learn in an expanding digital world. By building these bridges between Maine’s rural communities and a 21st century economy, we can help Maine businesses and people grow and thrive. I am thrilled Commissioner Rosenworcel was able to visit Maine and hear directly from local people about the significance of this issue for our communities and for our state.”
Read Senator's press release.