Rep. Angie Craig Joins Coalition to Expand Rural Broadband

July 12, 2019
Press Release
Rep. Craig selected to join Rural Broadband Task Force led by House Democratic Whip

Today, U.S. Rep Angie Craig announced that she is joining House Democratic Whip James Clyburn’s House Task Force on Rural Broadband. The Task Force has set the goal to bring affordable, high-speed Internet access to all Americans by 2025.

Rep. Craig believes that access to rural broadband is critical for success in a 21st century economy, which is why she is working on efforts to improve rural broadband mapping and invest in infrastructure to make sure every Minnesotan has the resources they need to succeed.

“It’s simple - when we expand rural broadband access, we expand economic opportunity for Minnesotans,” said Rep Craig. “Whip Clyburn’s leadership on this task force shows that Congress is prioritizing this critical issue. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find real policy solutions that will ensure every Minnesotan has a fair shot in a 21st century economy, no matter where they live.”

In addition to joining the House Task Force on Rural Broadband, Rep. Craig has also cosponsored a package of bills to improve broadband access, including

  • The ACCESS BROADBAND Act, which would unify federal broadband resources to better meet the specific needs of local communities and small businesses.
  • The Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019, which would repeal FCC regulations that limit local governments' ability to oversee the deployment of 5G broadband technology in their communities.
  • The Broadband Data Inclusion Act, which would improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps.
  • The Broadband MAPS Act of 2019, which would require the FCC to establish a process to verify fixed and mobile broadband service coverage data.

In a House spending package earlier this month, Rep. Craig co-led an amendment to secure an additional $55 million for the USDA ReConnect program. The House spending package included over $680 million for the expansion of broadband services at USDA.

In May, Rep. Craig participated in a Small Business Committee field hearing in Scandia on the issue of expanding rural broadband access. She has also met with officials from Scott County to discuss their efforts to implement fiber infrastructure on the local level. In Congress, Rep. Craig also advocates for rural broadband access as a member of the House Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.