Statement of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association Regarding Support of the Connect Unserved Americans Act

“We strongly support Sen. Thune’s bipartisan Connect Unserved Americans Act which increases the USDA ReConnect Program’s unserved requirement for funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act from 50% to 80%. The legislation also requires the Treasury Department to coordinate with the USDA, NTIA and the FCC to ensure each of those government agencies' broadband programs are working effectively with each other to not duplicate funding in communities where a grant or loan has already been provided.  Senators Thune, Smith, Wicker, and Casey deserve credit for standing up for unconnected communities and introducing this important legislation to improve the efficiency of government broadband programs and help America finally reach these communities with broadband service.”