CoSN Statement on President Trump’s Rural Broadband Executive Order

Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on President Trump’s new executive order on rural broadband:   
CoSN welcomes the President’s desire to promote improved broadband connectivity in America’s rural areas. Equipping our rural communities with access to high-speed connections, as currently defined by the Federal Communications Commission, should be a national priority. 
“Mobile broadband, however, remains inadequate for robust learning environments in schools. To help address this challenge, we urge policymakers to support fixed technologies like fiber – and not take ‘short cuts’ that slow broadband access and negatively impact today’s learning. Achieving the fast speeds that students in rural and underserved classrooms need for learning requires true broadband connectivity.”