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Broadband

More than 250 electric cooperatives are deploying or developing plans to deliver broadband service to their consumers, creating new ways for rural communities to live, learn and earn.

Where we stand

Expanding rural broadband access remains a significant bipartisan objective. Electric co-ops are working with policymakers to improve broadband maps, better identify unserved and underserved communities, and successfully bridge the digital divide. NRECA supports increased federal funding for rural broadband, improvements in data collection and mapping, and an increase in the minimum definition of broadband speed to 100/100 Mbps.

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Pole attachments

Congress exempted electric co-ops from federal regulations governing the attachment of cable, telecommunications and broadband service equipment to existing utility poles. Co-op pole attachment rates are cost-based and locally regulated. This protects critical power equipment while ensuring the co-op can work with interested attachers to help bring these services to local consumer-members. Congress should maintain this exemption.

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