Save Rural Broadband

    High-speed broadband Internet access has become today’s essential service, but new government rules being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could impact your access to broadband Internet service.  You can help by lending your voice to the debate.
    At the onset of telephone service back in the 1950s, the federal government created a universal service policy to ensure that all Americans—including those in rural areas—have access to affordable communications services.  The government decided these were essential services that required financial support to build and maintain.  As a result, it created something called the Universal Service Fund (USF).  
   

SAMPLE LETTER TO CONGRESS

Dear [Legislator Name],

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon vote on proposed rules that could significantly hurt the quality and price of rural broadband services offered by local telecommunications providers.
I rely on my local telecommunications provider to supply me with high-speed Internet access. But I am not the only one. Many thousands of people and businesses in [state] also rely on rural carriers such as mine, and any missteps by the FCC could result in higher prices, delayed deployment of faster broadband or my local Internet provider having to stop providing service in my area. This would have devastating effects on local economic development and will likely result in job loss in my community.
Please help by contacting FCC officials and letting them know about your opposition to any plans that would undercut Internet access in my community.
Sincerely,
[Your Information Here]



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