Congressman Fred Keller renews call for rural broadband expansion

October 29, 2020
Press Release
Discusses importance of broadband development to rural America

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today participated in the North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, where he joined government and technology leaders in discussing the importance of expanding broadband internet access to rural communities across the nation.

Congressman Keller shared his perspective on the need for broadband in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, citing its importance for telemedicine, education, and business development. Keller shared details on legislation he has co-sponsored and promoted during the 116th Congress to support broadband expansion measures, including the Broadband Data Improvement Act and the RURAL Act.

Also participating in the discussion were: West Virginia Lieutenant Governor Mitch Carmichael; Microsoft Senior Director Mike Egan; Nokia Vice President Brian Hendricks; and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Senior Director Brian O’Hara.

On the subject of rural broadband, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:

“Reliable, high-speed internet access should be a staple for every American family. Today’s meeting is another example of the outstanding partnerships that can exist when government and private industry unite to better serve our communities. 

“Broadband development means so much more than just internet access. It means ensuring our businesses in critical sectors of the economy like energy and manufacturing are best equipped to innovate and be competitive in an ever-changing market. Going forward, I am committed to advancing policies that will help develop our infrastructure to support American businesses and families.”