In my hometown of Newbury, one in three kids do not have access to the internet. Statewide, more than 50,000 homes and businesses do not have access to broadband. Spotty and unreliable internet and cellular service continue to hold back Vermonters. Inequities in access to the internet mean too many Vermonters are confronted with massive barriers to education, healthcare, government services, and more.
Thanks to the substantial investments in rural broadband contained in the American Rescue Plan Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, our nation is poised to bring high-speed internet to underserved areas. That being said, there is much more to do before affordable broadband and reliable cellular service is a reality for every Vermont community.
As Vermont’s Congresswoman, I won’t stop until every home and business is online. I will:
- Support forward-looking regulatory reforms to make broadband build-out faster, easier, and more affordable.
- Support programs to make broadband installation and service affordable for every family.
- Ensure our children stay connected to the internet, whether at home or at school.
- Support grant programs from the USDA and FCC to extend telehealth access and coverage.
- Support rollout of the Next Generation 911 initiative to upgrade 911 systems from analog to digital format in rural areas, enabling users to seamlessly transmit voice, photos, videos and text messages.