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House Republicans unveil Broadband for Rural America Act

Glenn Thompson In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., speaks during House debates on Jan. 7, 2021. (House Television via AP)

Glenn Thompson In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., speaks during House debates on Jan. 7, 2021. (House Television via AP)

File – In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., speaks during House debates. (House Television via AP)

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UPDATED 8:33 AM PT – Friday, May 21, 2021

Republicans on the House Committee on Agriculture introduced a new legislative package aimed at upping connectivity in rural America. The Broadband for Rural America Act was brought forward Thursday, which would provide more than $7 billion in authorizations for USDA broadband programs.

The head of the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), championed the bill. He said, “it’s time to put aside partisan differences, debate the merits of this legislation and address this significant infrastructure need.”

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been sharing his support for the legislation by posting videos of several lawmakers pulling for the Broadband Act. He most recently shared he following tweet by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.):

This bill would boost the minimum megabits per second provided by broadband services and imposes new build-out requirements to ensure the networks meet the long-term needs of rural Americans. The legislation is just one of many infrastructure proposals being made by House Republicans.

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