Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, was recently named co-chairman of the House Rural Broadband Caucus.
Wittman, who represents the 1st Congressional District, will serve as co-chair for the 116th session of Congress, according to a news release from Wittman’s office.
The caucus focuses on bringing broadband and innovative solutions for broadband service to the rural parts of America, according to the news release.
The other co-chairmen are Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and David Loebsack (D-Iowa).
Wittman said it is critical that high-speed internet is brought to all parts of the 1st District and the rest of the underserved areas throughout the state and country.
“Thirty-nine percent of Americans living in rural areas across the country do not have access to broadband and we are committed to providing all Americans the opportunity to connect to the global economy,” Wittman said. “As co-chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, I will be focusing on magnifying the unique obstacles that Virginia faces with broadband expansion with leading agencies on broadband such as (the Federal Communications Commission), (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) in order to find commonsense solutions.”
Wittman said he will also encourage public-private partnership investments to leverage federal dollars to prioritize investments in broadband expansion.