Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., entitled, “Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.” The hearing will examine the challenge of connecting Americans, particularly in rural communities, to transportation and information networks.

“With a national discussion on federal infrastructure investment underway, it’s worth remembering that many Americans live far away from the highest-ticket projects their tax dollars are asked to fund,” said Thune. “This hearing will look at how wise infrastructure investment decisions can ensure that all Americans benefit from improvements to national transportation and digital networks.”  


- The Honorable Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota
- The Honorable Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach
- The Honorable Carlos Braceras, Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation
- Ms. Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee  

The hearing will be held in Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 106. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be made available here.

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson


  • The Honorable Dennis Daugaard

    South Dakota
    Download Testimony (333.49 KB)
  • The Honorable Philip Levine

    Miami Beach
    Download Testimony (100.90 KB)
  • The Honorable Carlos Braceras

    Executive Director
    Utah Department of Transportation
    Download Testimony (531.96 KB)
  • Ms. Shirley Bloomfield

    Chief Executive Officer
    NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association