Broadband Internet Infrastructure
Just like roads, bridges, and electricity infrastructure, high-speed internet access is essential to the day-to-day operations of schools, hospitals, law enforcement facilities, and small businesses across the Commonwealth. But in parts of the 7th District, thousands of rural residents do not have the broadband internet access they need to stay competitive in a global economy, complete their homework assignments, monitor their chronic health conditions, or grow their businesses. One of Rep. Spanberger’s top priorities in the U.S. House is to advance legislation that would recognize these challenges and help expand broadband internet infrastructure throughout underserved communities in Central Virginia and across rural America.
Rep. Spanberger believes that the internet should be equally accessible to all users, and she views protecting net neutrality as a fundamental issue of economic freedom and freedom of speech. In Congress, she supports legislation that would restore net neutrality and prevent high-speed access from being auctioned off to the highest bidder. By taking this important step, Rep. Spanberger wants to increase high-skill job opportunities in rural communities and make sure the district’s families have the reliable internet access they need to stay connected to their loved ones.