Aderholt Joins Secretary Perdue to Announce Millions for Rural Broadband at Home and for the Nation
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today joined with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Governor Ivey and other state leaders to announce an almost three million dollar grant for Tombigbee Electric Cooperative to expand rural broadband in Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties. And also on the $625 million Congressman Aderholt helped secure in the federal budget to improve rural broadband for the rest of the state and country.
“For far too long, Washington has looked at rural America as an expanse in between the cities and their suburbs, as opposed to the backbone of America. Yet, these are the people that raise our cattle, work in the factories that dot rural landscapes, and till the land in order to provide food for our plate.
“Secretary Perdue and I announced today a down-payment on ensuring rural America is not left behind. The Rural Development account in the bill I pushed through Congress contains $625 million dollars of commitment to expanding rural broadband, in an effort to erase the rural digital divide. This commitment of 625 million dollars is not only Washington putting our money where our mouths are, but also a line in the sand that the days of looking past rural America are over.
“The Tombigbee Electric Cooperative is the first example of how this investment will work. Today we announced almost $3 million will be going to Tombigbee to expand access to the internet in rural Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.
“Access to high speed internet is now just as important to a high quality of life as electricity, water and sewer. As a country, we cannot allow large sections of our population to be cutoff from the rest of the world, and therefore, be cut off from economic opportunities. I believe this is just the beginning of bring rural America into the 21st Century where it belongs.
In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.