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MAR-APR 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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BROADBAND POLICY 4 4 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 9 USDA Supports Rural Broadband The Department of Agriculture experiments with new ways to drive rural broadband deployment. A s senior advisor for rural infrastructure to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Jannine Miller's job is to make infrastructure- related policies, programs, regulations and budgets more effective. Her responsibilities include enhancing rural broadband connectivity as well as supporting rural prosperity, developing new infrastructure investment options and evaluating efficient transport of agricultural commodities. Recently, Broadband Communities had the opportunity to interview Miller about USDA's support for rural broadband. Following are highlights of our conversation. BROADBAND COMMUNITIES: You came to office with experience mostly in transportation and logistics, but you've become a great advocate for rural broadband. Tell us what convinced you broadband was a critical issue for rural development. JANNINE MILLER: It was a natural progression for me, having previously been the governor's advisor for transportation in Georgia and working in economic development for the state. My excitement is about infrastructure that supports economic growth and prosperity. at's exactly why broadband infrastructure is needed in the 21st century. ere are certain similarities in the basics of what transportation and broadband do. Transportation carries physical commerce – it brings freight to production sites and products to market throughout the supply chain – and that's what broadband is doing in the 21st century. It is the digital superhighway for transacting digital or e-commerce and also for interpersonal connections that transportation has also historically provided. In their function and purpose in our world, our economy and our lives, they're very similar. ey both require a good deal of expertise and engineering to develop, construct and operate, and they both require rights-of-way and permitting. ey each have unique challenges, but they Q&A With Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA Jannine Miller, USDA

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