The ACA sent a letter to Chairmen John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) on February 3rd applauding the language of the current economic stimulus package and urging Congress to include federal grants and loans within the package to help small cable operators offer high-speed broadband access to their customers. The stimulus currently will provide funding to extend the national fiber network to areas outside major metropolitan cities.
"Of greatest priority to offering current- and next-generation broadband speeds in areas that currently have only limited performance capabilities is the ability of local networks to connect directly into the national fiber network that today only runs through major markets," wrote ACA President and CEO, Matt Polka. "We applaud the intent of this type of language included in the current version of the economic stimulus package and believe that this language is timely and important."
Bringing the national fiber network to small towns will be beneficial to customers and cable operators while creating thousands of jobs over the next few years. ACA supports this measure and will maintain requests for grants and loans so they remain consistent with the package's efforts to be company and technologically neutral.
Congressional Letter to Chairman Rockefeller regarding Broadband Deployment (2/3)
Congressional Letter to Chairman Waxman regading Broadband Deployment (2/3)