REP. JENKINS SECURES FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
WASHINGTON – Through his work on the House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped secure funding to expand broadband to even more rural communities.
Broadband expansion, distance learning and telemedicine grant programs will receive more than $620 million in fiscal year 2019 through the Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by the committee on Wednesday afternoon.
The bill also includes $686 million for the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Office of Rural Development, which makes key investments in West Virginia’s economic development and infrastructure.
“Access to fast, reliable internet is critical to attracting new employers to West Virginia and diversifying our state’s economy. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m able to secure funding for programs and grants making a difference in West Virginia. This bill will help make rural broadband expansion a reality by improving residents’ internet access and creating new jobs in our state,” Rep. Jenkins said.