11 - 18 - 2013 Casey joins bipartisan effort for cell service in rural areas
U.S. Sen. Robert Casey is joining a bipartisan contingent of senators to implore the Federal Communications Commission to spur cellphone and Internet service providers to upgrade phone and Internet service to rural areas across the U.S., something many Huntingdon Co. residents would welcome with open arms. A news release issued by Casey's office said that too many communities in rural America lack up-to-date phone and Internet service. The senators want the FCC to further reform its Universal Service Fund, which was previously reformed in 2011, to support new investments by telecom carriers in hard-to-reach areas. Casey & the 25 other senators want the new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to improve predictability of the USF so telecom carriers can more confidently invest in affordable broadband throughout rural America.