ARLINGTON, Va. – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
“The FCC has a critical role in the federal government’s efforts to expeditiously bring affordable and reliable broadband service to every rural American family and business. Jessica Rosenworcel has been a tireless advocate for bridging the digital divide and is exceptionally well qualified to lead the commission as it continues to address this urgent need.
“We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the FCC as we advance the interests of rural communities that still lack the fundamental services so vital to their wellbeing and quality of life.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing nearly 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.