Budd-Sponsored Amendment Boosting Broadband Passes House

Washington, D.C. -- Today, a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 4502 co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) passed the House. The amendment’s chief sponsors were Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA).

The amendment would expand access to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program to rural communities who are in desperate need of sufficient internet.

The text of the amendment is below:

Page 252, beginning on line 8, strike ‘‘ten megabytes per second downstream and one megabyte per second upstream’’ and insert ‘‘twenty-five megabytes per second downstream and three megabytes per second upstream’’.

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Access to quality internet is a major priority for rural North Carolina and it’s a major priority for me. The USDA’s ReConnect Program has already helped bridge the digital divide in our state, and this amendment will take another critical step in this mission.”


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