“We applaud U.S. Senate approval of the Warner-Kirk-Shaheen amendment to the Farm Bill which makes significant improvements to the RUS broadband program.  Specifically, the amendment establishes new provisions that will improve program transparency and better target funding to projects that will extend broadband service to unserved areas.  Given the scarcity of federal dollars, it is critical that government use its resources efficiently by limiting subsidized overbuilds and focusing its efforts on extending access to the roughly 18 million Americans currently without broadband.  We commend Senators Warner, Kirk and Shaheen for their leadership in advancing reforms that will enhance government accountability while ensuring that rural Americans are not left behind as technologies and speeds improve.”

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