Rep. Walden announces $67.6M to rural broadband

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This authorization is meant to help close the digital divide among Oregonians.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Federal Communications Commission has authorized $67.6 million for rural broadband over the next 10 years in Oregon.

Representative Greg Walden put out a statement saying these funds will help maintain, improve and expand affordable broadband for those in the state’s rural areas.

“Expanding access to rural broadband in Oregon brings us closer to narrowing the urban/rural digital divide and ushers rural Oregonians into the 21st Century,” said Walden. “I am grateful that the FCC recognizes the need to expand rural broadband in Oregon.”

Walden said there are too many Oregonians who lack access to reliable broadband internet. The FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said this authorization will help close that digital divide among Oregonians.

“Carriers get the predictable support they need to deliver broadband to their customers in these high-cost rural areas,” he said.  “And taxpayers, who fund this support through a fee on their phone bills, are getting more bang for their buck.”

He called this a “win-win” for rural Americans.

This funding is part of a larger authorization across the nation of $.9 billion. This will be spread out among 39 states and the American Samoa.

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