President Trump signs order to assist rural broadband buildout

President Trump signs order to assist rural broadband buildout

Trump unveiled the effort at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, promising the administration was taking giant steps toward bringing neglected rural communities into the modern era. The remarks closely echo those of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who said in the fall that he was "surprised and disappointed" by the resistance of Mexico and Canada to updating NAFTA.

On April 25, 2017, Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity "to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities".

Trump has long appreciated support from the farming community.

Adequate internet access has been identified as a bottleneck for economic growth in rural areas in Georgia, which have been losing population to cities because of access to better health care, schools and jobs.

The executive actions follow the release of a report from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was tasked with setting priorities to promote economic development, technological innovation and improving quality of life in rural America. Agri-Pulse and RFD-TV were both granted interviews with the president.

"With the voice of rural America leading the way, and in close collaboration with local, state, and tribal leaders, 22 federal agencies, offices, and executive departments accepted the challenge to make rural America great again", Perdue said in a statement. "To get a deal, we need all sides to seriously roll up their sleeves and get to work", Perdue said.

"There is no question federal lands are an important part of our country and providing seamless coverage in these areas is just as important as any other location, especially during times of emergencies", Berry said.

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