On Tuesday, January 31st, 48 Senators, led by the co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus, Senators Capito (R-WV), Klobuchar (D-MN), King (I-ME), Heitkamp (D-ND) and Boozman (R-AR), sent a letter to President Trump urging him to promote and expand broadband deployment and access for all Americans as part of any infrastructure initiative. The bipartisan letter noted that robust broadband infrastructure is necessary to maintain the United States’ status as a global leader for innovation and to strengthen the economy. The letter also called for policies that would reduce barriers to investment and streamline the deployment process.
In addition to the economic benefits, broadband also plays a critical role in the adoption and use of health IT and telehealth, particularly in rural and underserved areas. HIMSS has been active in broadband discussions on Capitol Hill and will continue to engage with both the Administration and the Senate Broadband Caucus on broadband and telehealth issues.