Statement of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association on Senate Agriculture Committee Passage of the Farm Bill

We applaud Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a Farm Bill that rightly focuses on getting more rural Americans connected to high-speed broadband networks. The Senate Farm Bill includes important reforms to the USDA Rural Utility Service’s broadband funding programs so that federal resources are better dedicated to connecting Americans that currently lack high-speed internet service instead of funding additional networks in communities that already have it. The bill also includes important transparency, notice and challenge processes to provide the agency with up-to-date information about broadband availability and to guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. Connecting more Americans to the internet has been a bipartisan priority for years. It is a priority we share, and we urge the full Senate to swiftly take up and approve this legislation with these important reforms.