Rep. Harshbarger Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to Wireless Internet for Rural Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Diana Harshbarger introduced the Wireless Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act, which will reduce burdensome regulations and improve wireless infrastructure across America.

Millions of rural Americans, including those who live in East Tennessee, lack access to reliable internet access, creating unnecessary challenges for local businesses, students, healthcare providers and patients, teleworkers, and families. These challenges faced by rural communities are often a result of permitting barriers imposed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Wireless Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act will allow for updates to our wireless internet infrastructure without a NEPA review, expediting the deployment of rural internet access.

"Hard-working rural Americans should not be prevented from accessing the internet due to Washington red tape," said Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger. "It is crucial that internet access is expanded for rural communities so they can unlock their full potential and thrive in the modern age. My bill, the Wireless Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act, will bridge the digital divide and increase connectivity in rural communities, like ours in East Tennessee."

Full text of the bill can be found here.

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