Connect Americans Now Applauds Executive Order on Improving Rural Telehealth Access and Infrastructure

Press Release
August 4, 2020
Contact: Jon Conradi
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Encourages the FCC and Congress to Take Additional Action to Expand Access to Broadband Internet and Bridge the Digital Divide

Washington, D.C. – Connect Americans Now (CAN) Executive Director Richard T. Cullen released the following statement Tuesday after President Trump signed an executive order Monday to improve rural telehealth access and health care infrastructure.

“We commend the president’s recognition that more must be done to close the broadband gap and expand access to telehealth,” Cullen said. “The pandemic has demonstrated the critical role telehealth can play in easing the strain on health care facilities, improving access to care and empowering Americans to control their health when patients and providers have access to broadband internet.”

“Now, policymakers must take additional, swift steps to bridge the digital divide and expand broadband connectivity for millions of Americans,” Cullen continued. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must finalize the TV white space (TVWS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to increase the pace, scale and cost effectiveness of broadband deployments, and Congress must also step up to the plate by allocating resources to expand broadband access.”

Read more on the president’s executive order HERE.

Read more on how the FCC can act to expand broadband connectivity HERE.

Read more on how Congress must act to bridge the digital divide HERE.


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