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Kustoff Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Improve Broadband Infrastructure in Rural America

July 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08)  joined Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) to introduce H.R. 3869, the Internet Exchange (IX) Act. This bill aims to strengthen Internet access in rural areas by promoting more Internet Exchanges across the country. Senator Blackburn introduced companion legislation, S. 1166 , in the Senate in April.

“When our rural communities thrive, the whole country thrives. Unfortunately, some of our rural communities in West Tennessee are still without vital broadband infrastructure. Lack of broadband access hurts education, healthcare, and small business development,” said Rep. Kustoff. “This bill will increase the number of Internet Exchanges across the country, resulting in a more resilient, competitive, and interconnected internet for households throughout West Tennessee.”

Internet Exchanges are one of the building blocks around which the Internet is built. They are the physical locations where networks come together, and where content providers place content closer to end users to increase the speed and efficiency of networks. Currently, there are dozens of Internet Exchanges nationwide but most of them are concentrated in big cities and in the coastal states.