U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today is encouraging Central Virginia communities to submit their applications to receive newly available funding for rural broadband internet infrastructure improvements.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is accepting the first round of applications for its ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program, which partners with rural communities and businesses to expand high-speed broadband internet infrastructure and increase e-Connectivity in rural and underserved areas. Spanberger is calling on Central Virginians to submit their applications for the ReConnect Program, so that more working families, farmers, and business owners in Virginia’s Seventh District can enjoy access to reliable high-speed internet.
“In rural America, a lack of reliable broadband internet access is an issue of equal opportunity. Disparities between our urban and rural areas make it harder for rural businesses to stay competitive, students to finish their homework, and first responders to keep track of minute-by-minute emergency updates. To help combat the growing urban-rural divide in our country, we need to support local projects that can successfully promote improved access to high-speed internet,” said Spanberger. “Right now, our rural communities can now apply for this important, groundbreaking funding through the Reconnect Program. I’m proud to champion smart, bipartisan efforts like this program to expand internet access for our rural homes, schools, and businesses—and I’ll keep fighting to support critical infrastructure investments across Central Virginia.”
Since arriving in Congress, Spanberger has stressed the immediate need to expand high-speed internet access in Central Virginia’s rural communities. Earlier this month, Spanberger led a bipartisan effort urging key House Appropriations Committee members to boost funding for rural broadband internet infrastructure—including through the ReConnect Program. And Spanberger also introduced and passed an amendment to improve the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband internet data—and she articulated the need for improved FCC maps on the floor of the U.S. House.