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Senate passes Kennedy-backed bill to improve rural broadband access – Press releases

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today applauded the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act, which he co-sponsored.

The legislation addresses the lack of broadband Internet and other emerging information technology resources in rural areas by improving Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Small businesses make up 97% of Louisiana employers and they need broadband to create and sustain more jobs. It’s Time for the House to Pass This Bill and Expand Broadband Access for Job Creators in Louisiana“, said Kennedy.

The Broadband Improvement for Small Businesses and New Information Technologies Act:

  • Ask the SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation to appoint a senior executive to serve as the Broadband and Emerging Information Technologies (BEIT) coordinator.
  • Provide SBA employees with BEIT training to help small businesses use these technologies.
  • Report on SBA work related to broadband and other emerging information technologies.
  • Require the SBA’s Chief Counsel for Advocacy to assess the impact of broadband speed and price on small businesses.

The text of the bill is available here.