The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled, “The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The hearing will focus on the Federal Communications Commission’s order to improve the quality and expand availability of rural broadband. The subcommittee will also discuss opportunities and investments to support carriers in rural America, efforts to prevent overbuilding among federal broadband programs, and the next steps to close the digital divide.


  • Mr. Justin Forde, Senior Director of Government Relations, Midcontinent Communications
  • Dr. Mark Jamison, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Denny Law, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Golden West Telecommunications
  • Ms. Carol Mattey, Principal, Mattey Consulting, LLC

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet 

This hearing will take place in the Hart Senate Office Building 216. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on


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  • Mr. Justin Forde

    Senior Director of Government Relations
    Midcontinent Communications
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  • Dr. Mark Jamison

    Visiting Scholar
    American Enterprise Institute
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  • Mr. Denny Law

    General Manager and Chief Executive Officer
    Golden West Telecommunications
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  • Ms. Carol Mattey

    Mattey Consulting, LLC
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