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Senators Stabenow, Boozman, Welch, Tuberville Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Connecting our Rural Communities to the Digital Economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy will hold a hearing titled “Rural Broadband: Connecting our Communities to the Digital Economy.” U.S. Senators Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) will chair this hearing.

Date:     Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Time:    3:00 p.m. ET 

Place:    328A Russell Senate Office Building


Mr. Roger Nishi, Vice President – Industry Relations, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Waitsfield, Vt.

Ms. Christa Shute, Executive Director, Northeast Kingdom Broadband, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Mr. Jesse Shekleton, Director Broadband Operations, Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc., Elizabeth, Ill.

Mr. James Frederick Johnson, CEO, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Rainsville, Ala.

Mr. Justin Forde, Vice President of Government Relations, Midco, West Fargo N.D.

Media Guidance: Congressionally-credentialed members of the media wishing to attend the hearing should RSVP to their respective gallery by 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2023.

Daily print reporters should RSVP to Daily Press Gallery at 202-224-0241.

Periodical reporters should RSVP to Periodical Press Gallery at 202-224-0265.

Press photographers should RSVP to or 202-224-6548.

There is a mandatory TV pool. Contact the Senate Radio-TV Gallery 202-224-6421 for additional details.