PRESS RELEASE: SHLB Commends the Trump Administration’s Commitment to Broadband Infrastructure
February 12, 2018


For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2018

Amy Robinson       
Communications Manager, SHLB Coalition   
(202) 261-6599

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) - The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition commends the Trump Administration’s commitment to investing in America’s broadband infrastructure.

The following statement can be attributed to John Windhausen, Executive Director of SHLB:

“We welcome President Trump’s commitment to improving America’s infrastructure and its recognition that rural broadband is a critical component of that investment. Twenty-four million Americans still lack access to adequate broadband infrastructure, and 19 million of these people are in rural markets.  Deploying broadband first to schools, libraries, health providers, and other anchor institutions and then to the surrounding community can be an effective strategy to fill this rural broadband gap. We look forward to working with  the Trump Administration and Congress to build the digital roads necessary to upgrade America’s education, health, and economy."

The SHLB Coalition  will host a press call on Thursday, February 15th at 11 am ET to discuss the release of SHLB’s latest study on the cost of connecting unserved anchor institutions to fiber and wireless technologies, and our ideas for a holistic strategy to connect rural America.  Register for the press call to receive an advance copy of SHLB’s new study and overview of the broadband strategy.



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