LETTER: WGA applauds USFS update of permitting for broadband infrastructure

The Western Governors’ Association shared its appreciation of the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) commitment to implementing Section 8705 of the 2018 Farm Bill by updating its permitting practices for communications and broadband infrastructure. The Nov. 21, 2019 letter signed by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury notes that "modernizing these regulations will help expedite western rural access to broadband connectivity." Additionally, WGA urges USFS to "consider Western Governors as engaged and invested partners as you evaluate future decisions related to broadband infrastructure permitting and other issues on NFS lands." Read, download the letter

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