Rep. Guthrie addresses internet access at committee hearing

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Congressman Brett Guthrie addressed broadband internet connectivity and creating access for residents in Kentucky’s Second District this week.

Guthrie is a senior member of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

“I have a district that is rural, suburban, and urban,” said Guthrie. “I live in Bowling Green, which has experienced a bit of a boom, and if you looked at a map you would say Bowling Green is covered with broadband, but it depends on where you live. I have very rural counties and even where I live there are broadband issues, and people can’t develop because no one wants to buy a home that doesn’t have broadband access moving forward. We need to get more specific in mapping because the way we have it by county is too broad.”

Guthrie also spoke at a committee hearing this week about the need to protect consumers online from phishing websites.

“The concern that I have is fake websites,” said Guthrie. “When you go online and you’re seeking information such as a hotel or a rental car reservation, and you have to put in your information, how do you really know the identity of a website? We need to ensure that consumers have the tools to identify real websites versus phishing sites.”

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(This story was originally published July 20, 2018)

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