Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing to discuss “The LIFT America Act” – legislation that would rebuild and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, including expanding access to broadband.
In a news release, NMMA welcomed the hearing, as the association continues its push for updating outdoor recreation infrastructure in any comprehensive legislation.
During the hearing, former FCC commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, testified for the benefits of a public and private partnership that extends the current map of access for telecommunication and information services, to include the forgotten, rural areas. Among other testimonies, a witness for healthcare infrastructure drew attention to the outdated process of communicating medical results and tests to other healthcare facilities.
Committee members focused their questions on broadband, healthcare, and clean energy tactics for new infrastructure. In addition, the means of paying for a large infrastructure effort were debated, as well as the overall ambition of the projects.