Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), co-chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the president's infrastructure proposal:
"I am deeply disappointed that the president failed to include dedicated broadband funding in his infrastructure proposal. This glaring omission is a betrayal of the rural voters that supported him in his election, and a missed opportunity to close the digital divide that separates rural and urban America. A robust rural broadband network is essential to attract businesses, provide access to healthcare through telemedicine, help farmers become more efficient, and close the homework gap that hamstrings rural students."
In January 2017, Welch led 71 Members in a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to include investments in rural broadband in his infrastructure proposal. In January 2018, the six co-chairs of the bipartisan House Rural Broadband Caucus followed up on this request in a letter to the president.