Chairs Rodgers and Latta Announce Field Hearing in Bakersfield on the Importance of Rural Broadband

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) announced a hearing titled “Perspectives from the Fields: The State of Rural Broadband in America.” 

“Fast, reliable internet has become a vital part of people’s every day lives. From education and accessing health care to cutting edge agriculture technology that is helping feed the world, more and more of these activities are utilizing the internet, making connectivity foundational to success. It continues to be our mission to ensure that every community across the country can access broadband, especially in rural areas,” said Chairs Rodgers and Latta. “We are looking forward to hearing from community leaders in Bakersfield, California, about how we can secure meaningful connectivity for every American and close the digital divide.”

Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing titled “Perspectives from the Fields: The State of Rural Broadband in America.” 

WHAT: A subcommittee hearing to discuss rural broadband in America.

DATE: Friday, May 10, 2024

TIME: 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET)

LOCATION: 1001 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Noah Jackson at If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at