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NRECA Indicates Concern With Senate Farm Bill

The CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Jim Matheson, has expressed concerns regarding certain alterations to the current rural electrification funding program proposed by the Senate’s Farm Bill. Matheson has encouraged the Senate, in particular, to reconsider their approach toward escrow accounts for rural...

NRECA CEO Requests Funds for Rural Broadband

In a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recently requested significant funding for rural infrastructure. Matheson recommended that at least $2.5 billion of the FY2018 budget be dedicated to providing broadband to rural areas of the...

Trump Selects Rural Utilities Service Chief

President Trump has appointed Kenneth Johnson, General Manager and CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative Inc. in Tipton, Missouri, to head the Rural Utilities Service. Johnson is a Director and past President of Central Electric Power Cooperative.

New York Coop Receives Broadband Funding From State Grant Program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the recipients of the final round of grants for the New NY Broadband Program, which is intended to increase broadband access to all New Yorkers. Among the recipients of these broadband funds are local utility providers, including Otsego Electric...

Tennessee Coop to Provide Broadband Service

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced on Friday that Gibson Electric Membership Corporation (Gibson EMC) was awarded more than $1.3 million by the State of Tennessee through the State’s Broadband Accessibility Grant Program. The grant will help Gibson EMC move closer to the goal of making high-speed internet service available to all of its...

Formation of Virginia Rural Broadband Coalition Announced

Following an increase in rural broadband funding in Virginia’s biennial budget, advocates of rural broadband announce the formation of the Virginia Rural Broadband Coalition (VRBC). VRBC’s focus is to promote efforts to connect rural Virginian businesses, governmental organizations, and residents to the...

Jay Schwarz Provides Remarks at NRECA’s CEO Close-Up Conference

Jay Schwarz, Wireline Advisor to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, provided remarks this week at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) CEO Close-Up Conference. His statements focused on future partnerships between the FCC and rural electric...

NRECA Applauds White House Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) released a statement this week applauding the White House Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity on a recent report aimed at jumpstarting the rural American economy. The task force was created last April by President Donald...

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development. The funding is to be provided in 27 states through the USDA Rural Development’s Electric Program, the successor to the Rural Electrification...

EPA Announces Repeal of Clean Power Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced his intention to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Several environmental groups and states plan to challenge the proposed repeal in federal...

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