USVICBS.com reports that Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) awaits the resumption of congressional activity Nov. 13 in order to address the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes access to high-speed internet services for rural communities.
Increasing the availability of information technology capacity contributes to educational, professional and personal development needed to compete in today’s world. This is a cornerstone of Digital Equity.
Congresswoman Plaskett is one of 56 members of the House and Senate Conference Committee expected to discuss the bill. Along with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and school lunch programs, the Farm Bill includes provisions to authorize the appropriation of grant monies for broadband infrastructure projects.
Today’s farming communities have a great need for reliable connectivity to achieve greater viability in the marketplace, process sales on the spot, and for everyday communications. Citizens living in under-served areas both desire and require internet access to improve their daily lives.
Digital Equity supports enhanced delivery of government and emergency services, as well as specializations like as telemedicine. Robust telecommunications networks help support healthier, safer communities!
- Read: Plaskett Pushes for More Rural Broadband Internet Funding in Farm Bill (CBS USVI News)
- Get the Facts: H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (House Committee on Agriculture)