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Access to Broadband is the Lifeline and Tool Many Small Businesses Desperately Need During COVID-19

By at 12 May, 2020, 12:21 pm

U.S. Senate hearing to explore “State of Broadband” on May 13

NEWS

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. –  On Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will host a hearing of vital importance to small businesses across the United States: “The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement about the upcoming hearing:

“Americans across the country have been hit very, very hard by COVID-19. Small businesses have endured weeks of closures and uncertainty, but they also continue do their part to address the public health emergency through mitigation efforts and personal service. Unfortunately, many small businesses in rural and underserved areas do not have the broadband connectivity necessary to conduct e-commerce, engage online with customers or clients, use collaborative platforms to communicate with peers and/or employees, or provide virtual services – all of which serve as a lifeline and can potentially drive needed revenues into the business. With broadband’s help, many small businesses have pivoted to online tools and models to adapt, communicate and survive during the COVID-19 crisis. But small businesses lacking broadband access, lack this key option for survival.

“Accelerating economic recovery will require Congress to do more for small businesses everywhere. That includes direct support and innovative solutions touching many issue areas, but it also includes investments in the kind of digital infrastructure that can help small businesses adapt and thrive during this very challenging period. We need swift Congressional action to make universal broadband access a reality.

“SBE Council and our members applaud Chairman Wicker and Ranking Member Cantwell for holding this important hearing, which serves to elevate the need of closing the digital divide once and for all. Timely action is critical, as our county works to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the health, safety, and prosperity of communities across the county.”

Contact:  
Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO
e-mail: kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org   

SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit www.sbecouncil.org @SBECouncil

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