• 50 Technology Councils Across the U.S. Urge Passage of Legislation To Expand Rural Broadband Access

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    August 10, 2020
     
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    WASHINGTON - A group of the nation's leading technology associations sent a joint letter to Congressional leadership urging the passage of two crucial pieces of legislation that will help connect families in unserved areas to high-speed broadband internet.
     
    "Nearly two trillion dollars in private investment over the past generation has made broadband service available in 95% of American communities. But gaps remain in parts of rural America, and many of TECNA's member councils have been working closely with government and business leaders developing plans to help bring broadband infrastructure to unserved communities," said Ryan Weber, Chair of TECNA and President and CEO of the KC Tech Council. "Over the past few months, the Coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the importance of broadband access for all Americans. We must make internet connectivity a top priority."
     
    "We are grateful for these efforts in Congress to speed broadband deployment and encourage greater competition in federal broadband programs. We urge Congress to act quickly to pass these important bills," continued Weber.
     
    The Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Development Act (H.R. 7160), was introduced by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.); and the bipartisan Rural Broadband Acceleration Act (H.R. 7447S.4201) was introduced by U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Both will take critical steps to speed rural deployment of broadband. 
     
    The Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Development Act would expedite broadband deployment by cutting outdated, exclusionary regulations. Written two decades ago in the days of dial-up modems, these regulations now invite abuse, slow deployment and discourage competition. 
     
    The Rural Broadband Acceleration Act would accelerate the deployment of gigabit tier networks in the upcoming $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) for builders starting construction within six months of receiving funding. And it sets a bold goal of providing broadband service to target communities within a year. This could quickly move a number of shovel ready projects into full production.  This bill recognizes the urgency of closing broadband deployment gaps: the stakes are too high to wait any longer.
     
    The letter was signed by the leaders of the following associations: 
    Alabama
    Tech Birmingham
    Arizona
    Arizona Technology Council (AZTC)
    California
    California Technology Council (CTC)
    Tech San Diego
    Colorado
    Colorado Technology Association (CTA)
    Connecticut
    Connecticut Technology Council (CTC)
    Florida
    Florida Technology Council
    Palm Beach Tech Association
    Tamp Bay Tech
    TechLauderdale 
    Georgia
    Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
    Computer Measurement Group (CMG)
    Idaho
    Idaho Tech Council (ITC)
    Illinois
    Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
    1871
    Indiana
    Indiana Technology & Innovation Association
    TechPoint
    Iowa
    Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)
    Kansas
    FlagshipKansas.Tech
    KC Tech Council
    Kentucky
    Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK)
    Missouri
    KC Tech Council
    Massachusetts
    Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)
    Maryland
    Maryland Tech Council (MTC)
    Minnesota
    MnTech
    Montana
    Montana High-Tech Business Alliance
    New Hampshire
    NH Tech Alliance
    New Jersey
    New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC)
    New York
    Tech Rochester
    Nevada
    Nevada Technology Association
    New Mexico
    New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC)
    North Carolina
    North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH)
    North Dakota
    Technology Council of North Dakota
    Ohio
    GCP Tech
    Ohio IT Association
    Oregon
    Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)
    Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)
    Pittsburgh Technology Council
    Tech Council of Central Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    Tech Collective
    South Carolina
    Tech Association of South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Chattanooga Technology Council
    Greater Nashville Technology Council
    Knoxville Technology Council
    Texas
    Tech Titans
    Utah
    Utah Technology Council
    Virginia
    Northern Virginia Technology Council
    Roanoake-Blacksburg Technology Council
    Washington
    Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin Technology Council
     
    A copy of the letter sent to Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, House Minority Leader McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Schumer can be found here.



     
    About the Technology Councils of North America
    The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents approximately 60 IT and Technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry. This is accomplished by empowering regional technology organizations and serving as their collective voice in growing the North American technology economy. More information on TECNA can be found at: www.tecna.org or @techcouncils on Twitter.
     
     
    Contact:
    Alina Hardy
    ahardy@tecna.org
     
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