Coalition Works to Expand Rural E-Connectivity

On Wednesday, April 18, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will join a coalition of stakeholders to launch a series of regional listening sessions targeting the expansion of broadband access in rural America.
The launch and subsequent listening session are being organized by Farm Foundation, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, CoBank, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC).
WHO WILL PARTICIPATE:
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai
  • Rural Utilities Service Administrator Ken Johnson
  • Tennessee Telecommunications Association Executive Director Levon Knowles
  • North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Executive Director Mel Coleman
  • Other presenters will include:
    • Constance Cullman, President and CEO, Farm Foundation
    • Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
    • Jim Matheson, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
    • Thomas Halverson, President and CEO, CoBank
    • Sheldon Petersen, CEO, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)
    • Jannine Miller, USDA Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure
    • Joe Swedberg, Chairman of the Board, Farm Foundation
 WHAT: Launch of E-Connectivity Listening Sessions
WHERE: Whitten Patio, U.S. Department of Agriculture