Arlington VA, June 11, 2013 —The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) welcomed news of the U.S. Senate passing the Farm Bill, noting the importance of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan program and concern regarding rural broadband access.
“The Senate Farm Bill is a good first step toward passing legislation important to electric cooperatives and rural America. The bill gives RUS the ability to assist co-ops in offering low- interest loans to consumers for energy efficiency improvements that will lower electric bills for families across the country,” said Kirk Johnson, Senior Vice-President of Government Relations at NRECA. “However, we remain concerned with the provision that adds new regulatory burdens on small, rural broadband providers. Access to high-speed internet is critical for economic development and we look forward to working with Congressional leaders to streamline the program as the House considers its bill and hopefully through the conference.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.