Rep. Greg Walden applauds rural broadband executive orders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) applauds two executive orders signed by President Trump aimed at improving rural broadband.

“Too many rural communities in Oregon lack the broadband access they need to join the 21st century economy,” said Walden. “I hear this all too frequently from my constituents, and insufficient internet access leaves nearly 23 million Americans across the country without access to telemedicine, streaming video, distance learning, and more. The executive orders signed by President Trump bring us closer to spanning the digital divide and helping Oregonians and all Americans fully realize the innovations made possible by broadband, no matter where they live.”

The executive orders signed by the President aim to streamline and expedite requests for rural broadband projects, and direct the Department of the Interior to develop plans to support rural broadband development by increasing access to tower facilities and other infrastructure assets managed by the department.

This action comes as Walden continues to lead the effort to improve mobile broadband, make broadband spectrum more available to consumers, and increase access to telemedicine services and other 21st century technology that requires broadband connectivity in rural Oregon and across the country.

To read President Trump’s full executive order on “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America,” please see:https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-streamlining-expediting-requests-locate-broadband-facilities-rural-america/

To read President Trump’s full memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior regarding broadband tower facilities in rural America, please seehttps://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-secretary-interior/