The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The hearing will examine the ongoing initiatives led by the Federal Communications Commission to maintain and expand high-speed and reliable broadband connections to all Americans during this national public health emergency. The hearing will also examine the impact of funds provided through the CARES Act to support broadband initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels, and legislative proposals focused on addressing the digital divide during the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • Mr. Steven Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Competitive Carriers Association 
  • Ms. Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
  • Mr. Gene Kimmelman, Senior Advisor, Public Knowledge
  • Mr. Jonathan Spalter, President and Chief Executive Officer, USTelecom - The Broadband Association

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee Hearing

This hearing will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building G50. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.

**Note: Witness list updated 5/7/2020

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman Roger Wicker

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Maria Cantwell


  • Mr. Steven Berry

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Competitive Carriers Association
    Download Testimony (143.66 KB)
  • Ms. Shirley Bloomfield

    Chief Executive Officer
    NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
  • Mr. Gene Kimmelman

    Senior Advisor
    Public Knowledge
    Download Testimony (319.77 KB)
  • Mr. Jonathan Spalter

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    USTelecom - The Broadband Association
    Download Testimony (526.86 KB)