Trump's Rural Broadband Order Doesn't Do Anything New

Trump's Rural Broadband Order Doesn't Do Anything New

Trump's Rural Broadband Order Doesn't Do Anything New

The hype surrounding Trump's executive order obfuscates the countless other Trump FCC policies that are making the broadband industry undeniably worse for American consumers, especially those in less affluent and more rural areas. For too long, communities on the wrong end of the digital divide have had to pursue educational attainment and business development with their hands tied behind their backs by copper DSL cables.

The second order will streamline and expedite the application process for broadband facility requests in rural America.

President Trump's address to the American Farm Bureau Federation 99th annual convention this week in Nashville definitely brought agriculture some positive publicity, mentioning the word farmers over 25 times in his speech, more than any of the previous three presidents in all of their official speeches combined. As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue was selected to serve as the chairman of the Task Force, which includes 22 federal agencies as well as local leaders. Trump repeatedly hyped this executive order, which predominately focuses on efforts to speed up cellular tower citing on federal property. "I will continue to work with President Trump and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure every West Virginian has the resources they need to succeed".


The White House put out a statement the same day that said, "According to the Federal Communications Commission, 39 percent of rural Americans. lack sufficient broadband access".

INCOMPAS, the Internet and competitive networks association, CEO Chip Pickering commended Trump's dedication to expanding rural broadband deployment, but said it is just the beginning. "Farm country is God's country", he said during the speech.

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