Rural broadband summit planned April 17

Citizens are invited to a Rural Broadband Summit this Saturday, Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Louisa County High School. Registration is required - go to https://bit.ly/2KwLoGR to sign up.

The event, sponsored by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, is a chance for residents and business owners to talk about their experience with poor internet service and to hear from a panel of experts about what can be done.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a representative from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and others will be present to offer their ideas.

"Here in the Seventh District, we clearly need a sharper strategy to close the digital gap between our rural and suburban counties, and part of this summit’s goal is to help bridge that divide of opportunity,” Spanberger said.

The event will also include small-group discussions with first responders, educators, community leaders, and farmers.

In June, Spanberger was involved in an effort to pass an amendment to  increase federal rural broadband infrastructure funding by $55 million. The amendment was passed by the House of Representatives as part of an appropriations package.