Vilsack On Broadband Development

Vilsack On Broadband Development

October 21, 2015

NASHVILLE,Tenn (RFDTV) RFD-TV recently hosted Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack on RURAL TOWN HALL.  The one-hour prime time show featured a question and answer session with the head of the USDA. Jeff Angelo, from Mediacom, was curious about the development of broadband in rural areas. 

“The development of broadband and cellular technology in rural areas is playing a real important part in economic development in rural areas,” said Angelo. “What role would you see the USDA having in the continued development of those broadband and cellular technologies?”

“I'm proud of the fact that as a result of the recovery act,” said Vilsack “we had about 250 broadband projects that we have now completed, expanding access to over a million and a half subscribers, potentially as many as 6,000,000 American families could have access to additional broadband. We're working with the industry to use the programs that we have within the farm bill, the Connect USA program, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Programs at USDA through a rural utility service, providing loans and grants to expand broadband access.”

Watch Vilsack’s complete answer in the video above and see how he addressed other issues on RURAL TOWN HALL

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