Rural Connectivity Advancement Program Act a Common Sense Solution to Eradicate Digital Divide

The following statement may b e attributed to Christina Mason, VP of Government Affairs, WISPA:
Washington, DC, May 27, 2021 – Today’s introduction by Senator John Thune (R-SD) of the “Rural Connectivity Advancement Program Act of 2021” puts forward a solid common sense and flexible solution toward eradicating the rural divide.  We are encouraged by the bill’s focus on connecting rural communities to infrastructure capable of delivering reliable high-speed broadband, which COVID has shown to be more important than ever before.  Internet access helped America weather the storm and WISPA’s 700-plus Internet service provider members have proudly worked overtime to keep millions of Americans in the most remote areas of this nation connected during very difficult times. We believe no one should be left to compete in a 21st century economy without access to broadband.
We would like to thank Senator Thune for his work to getting more rural Americans online, and we pledge our efforts to ensure that the bill will help bring a diversity of providers to the table, especially small rural innovators who are powerful allies in bridging the digital divide. Connectivity for rural communities will benefit all Americans.
WISPA’s 1000 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to millions of residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.
Mike Wendy