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On Thursday, June 16th, the Internet Innovation Alliance hosted a press teleconference titled, “AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: What It Means for Rural America.” The discussion engaged experts in agriculture, health care, education and economic development in a dialogue on AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile and addressed current challenges to making broadband available in rural communities; opportunities that broadband provides to consumers and businesses across the country; and whether the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would be a sensible way to achieve President Obama’s goal of reaching 98 percent of Americans with high-speed broadband services.

Speakers included:

Rick Boucher, Honorary Chairman of the IIA (moderator)
Former member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia’s 9th District
Former chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet
Cofounder of the Congressional Internet Caucus
Chris Studer, Communications and Marketing Director, South Dakota Farmers Union
Dale Quinney, Executive Director, Alabama Rural Health Association
Kelly Stowell, Executive Director, Center for Business, Education and the Arts (Kanab, UT)
Tyler Norvell, Vice President of Public Policy, Oklahoma Farm Bureau