Sending Office: Honorable Stacey E. Plaskett
Join Reps. Plaskett, Yoho and Gonzalez-Colon in creating greater access to broadband in rural areas
Endorsed by: VI Port Authority, Tropical Shipping, Broadband VI, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
Please join me, Rep. Yoho and Rep. Gonzalez-Colon as a cosponsor to H.R. 5486 Broadband for Small Ports Act, which would increase broadband access for rural communities nationwide. Nearly a third of Americans lack access to high-speed internet,
and there is a considerable digital divide between rural and urban America. Rural communities must be brought up to speed so that all Americans can compete online in a global economy.
In rural areas, such as the Virgin Islands, people congregate near inland and small ports, and these harbors act as hubs for commerce and tourism. H.R. 5486 Broadband for Small Ports Act will recognize the importance of small ports to their rural
economies. This bill will help small ports nationwide get federal loans and grants, and improve their broadband coverage, thereby enabling working waterfronts to order inventory and coordinate deliveries, access real-time weather updates and grow economically.
The USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) receives applications for broadband loans and grants. They are assigned into different levels of priority before they are awarded. The ultimate goal of this bill will consider broadband loans and grants as equal in priority
to applications that are developed with the participation of a non-profit or philanthropic organization.
Stand with my colleagues and I in recognizing the importance of small ports that elevates the priority of applications seeking to boost internet capacity. As Members of the House of Representatives, it is incumbent on us to ensure that rural America is not
overlooked. We are nearly two decades into the 21st century, and our infrastructure lacks resources to flourish.
If you have any questions or would like to become an cosponsor, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 6-4331 (Rep. Plaskett).
Stacey E. Plaskett Ted Yoho Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon
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