Posted by: Ann Treacy | June 13, 2011

White House Rural Council

President Obama just established the White House Rural Council to better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in our rural communities.

The purpose of the Council is to work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and to coordinate the Administration’s engagement with rural communities. The council will include the heads of most of the Departments, which is a good way to get in from all angles and they are really focusing on public-private partnerships. You can read the details in the Executive Order.

Broadband is one of the specific topics that Council has been assigned to address. Community Daily offered this perspective…

Broadband is among the priorities of the new White House Rural Council established Thursday by President Barack Obama through an executive order. The council, which will include representatives of the FCC and the Agriculture and Commerce departments, will support Obama’s plan to expand broadband networks in rural areas, the White House said. Rural telecom companies praised the council’s focus on public-private partnerships to spread broadband. The council will provide recommendations for rural investment and increase coordination between government agencies involved with rural issues. It also will coordinate federal with state, local and tribal government efforts, and promote public-private partnerships, the White House said.


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