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  • Loebsack Joins House Task Force on Rural Broadband
    Posted in Press Release on May 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he has been named to serve as a member of the new House Task Force on Rural Broadband, which will be chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. The Task Force seeks to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide and will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access to high-speed internet by 2025. “The future of economic development in Iowa and ... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on House Passage of Net Neutrality Legislation
    Posted in Press Release on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House passed HR 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019. The bill enacts three, widely supported, bipartisan principles of net neutrality– no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization. Also included in the legislation is support for the Connect America Fund, which is used to help fund the expansion of broadband infrastructure in rural areas. This bill was recently passed by the full Energy and Commerce Committee,... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Mullin Reintroduce Legislation to Train Communications Tower Workers
    Posted in Press Release on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would create a program through the Federal Communications Commission to establish, or expand, job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019” would provide up to $20 million in competitive grants for various universities, community colleges and technical education programs to develop and administer the t... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Bacon and Sens. Duckworth, Ernst Announce Creation of Global Positioning System (GPS) Caucus
    Posted in Press Release on March 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) today joined with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) to announce the creation of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Global Positioning System (GPS) Caucus. The Caucus will focus on discussing the economic, national security and infrastructure benefits of increasingly efficient GPS technology, as well as the risks and oversight challenges that face the GPS industry. “GPS has been an important tool for safely getting pas... Read more

  • With Signing of Farm Bill, Loebsack and Latta’s Precision Ag Bill to Become Law
    Posted in Press Release on December 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Today, the President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, which contained the language from H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act. Congressmen Loebsack and Latta have been working in a bipartisan fashion to get the bill signed into law. Earlier this year, the House passed H.R. 4881 on a standalone basis. “I am proud to work with Rep. Latta to get the language of this bipartisan bill signed into law. It is important that our farmers have access to the... Read more

  • U.S. House Passes Loebsack, Latta Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Precision Agriculture Implementation
    Posted in Press Release on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, to reduce barriers to the implementation of cutting-edge technology on America’s farms. The legislation, authored by Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), establishes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task force, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband connectivity and technological needs of precision... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises FCC’s Action to Increase Funding for the Rural Health Care Program
    Posted in Press Release on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to raise the cap on the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program by $171 million. This new investment brings the cap for this fund to $571 million, which helps provide access to high speed internet for rural health care providers. In 2016, Loebsack worked to get legislation signed into law that made skilled nursing facilities eligible to receive funds through this pr... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Mullin Introduce Legislation to Train Communications Tower Workers
    Posted in Press Release on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would create a program through the Federal Communications Commission to establish, or expand, job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2018” would provide up to $20 million in competitive grants for various universities, community colleges and technical education programs to develop and administer the tra... Read more

  • Loebsack Brings the Questions of Iowans Directly to Mark Zuckerberg
    Posted in Press Release on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications

    During today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data,” Congressman Dave Loebsack took the questions that Iowans told him they wanted answers to directly to Facebook’s Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Last week, Loebsack asked Iowans to submit the questions they would ask Mr. Zuckerberg. As a result, hundreds of questions were submitted and during the hearing, Loebsack was able to get answers to the question Iowans were interested in. A vid... Read more

  • Loebsack’s Rural Wireless Access Act Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Release on March 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after his legislation, the Rural Wireless Access Act, was signed into law by President Trump. This bipartisan bill was incorporated in the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law last week. CLICK HERE for video of Loebsack speaking about his legislation before it passed the House. “Folks living in rural areas know just how bad wireless voice and mobile internet services c... Read more

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