Advocate for Entrepreneurs Praises FCC Rules Launching Fund to Bring High-Speed Broadband to Rural America

By at 8 January, 2020, 5:14 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled final rules regarding the new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will be voted on by the full Commission on January 30.  The fund will help to deploy high-speed broadband (minimum speed standard 25/3 Mbps) to rural areas lacking fixed broadband service. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on the final rules:

“America is the land of opportunity, and the digital economy with its countless tools and reach has enabled significant entrepreneurial opportunity and allowed existing businesses to scale faster, operate more efficiently and access new markets. Many rural areas across the U.S. still lack this critical tool, which is essential to economic development, investment, entrepreneurship and opportunity in all its forms. Under the leadership of Chairman Pai, significant progress has been made in expanding broadband access. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is the next powerful step to further close the digital divide, and we especially appreciate the steps to prioritize the deployment of faster-speed service. Faster broadband means rural Americans and small businesses can better leverage the full benefits of the digital economy, which will make these areas more appealing and competitive for attracting people, all types of businesses and investment. SBE Council and our nationwide membership of entrepreneurs and small businesses applaud Chairman Pai for his tireless work and initiatives to bring the tools and benefits of the digital economy to all Americans.”

Read more about how the Fund will work here, and areas that would be eligible under Phase I and Phase II.


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


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