SHLB Mourns Loss of Sen. Hollings
April 08, 2019


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
(202) 261-6599

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition mourned the passing of U.S. Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, who represented the state of South Carolina from 1966 to 2005. As Chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senator Hollings championed telecommunications access for community anchor institutions.

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement: 

“I had the distinct honor and great pleasure of working under Senator Hollings for nine years, and I believe I speak for us all in the broadband community when I say his passing hits us particularly hard. He was a great champion of broadband competition and the public interest standard, and he strongly supported the inclusion of the E-rate program in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Telecom Act would not have passed without his leadership and bi-partisanship. The SHLB Coalition will strive to carry on the spirit of his work, and we wish the best to his family and loved ones.”


About SHLB: 

The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit

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