CNET: Trump pushes for broadband expansion in rural areas

EXCERPT: “President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at making it easier for companies to deploy high-speed broadband networks in rural areas. Speaking at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville Monday, Trump unveiled and then signed a presidential order that expedites federal permitting to allow broadband expansion in rural areas and makes it easier for wireless operators to put cell towers on federal lands. ‘Those towers are going to go up and you are going to have great, great broadband,’ Trump said in his speech. The order is based on recommendations in a new report issued by the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The Federal Communications Commission estimates 39 percent of people living in rural regions do not have access to broadband, compared with just 4 percent of people in cities.” FULLSTORY: