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National Grange releases statement regarding CAF issue

By National Grange Press Release (5/24/13)

  MAY 24, 2013 --

The National Grange today released comment on Thursday’s FCC decision to release the rest of the Connect America Funds to be used for broadband expansion.

“The expansion of broadband access has been and will remain one of the Grange’s top legislative priorities because now, more than ever, our members need fast and reliable access to keep up with global economic demands. There are nearly 18 million rural Americans living without high-speed Internet and serving these households must remain a priority if we hope to keep skilled and qualified growers and producers in rural areas to continue growing our food, fuel and fiber. We’re especially thankful the FCC has chosen to release Connect America Funds in its entirety because it helps assure these small businesses and households alike that connectivity service is a near-future reality,”  National Grange Legislative Director Grace Boatright said.

Established in 1867, the National Grange, a nonpartisan, nonprofit fraternal organization, is the oldest agricultural and rural community service organization. With more than 2,100 local chapters, the Grange has evolved into the nation’s leading rural advocacy organization and a major benefactor to local communities. There are more than 160,000 members across the United States.

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