Congressional Broadband Tour

Escape from Washington, D.C.

Each year, FRS invites the staff of Members of Congress to leave Washington, D.C. and visit a rural area of the United States to learn more about rural telecommunications. Trips include visits with the staff of rural telcos, conversations with community leaders, presentations on a number of rural telecom issues and demonstrations of telecommunications technology.  States where FRS has hosted tours include New York, Montana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wyoming. To find out more about the annual FRS Congressional Broadband tour, please contact

Congressional Broadband Tour

Each year, FRS takes congressional staff on the Broadband Tour. The FRS Congressional Broadband Tour is an incredible tool to help educate people who make decisions that affect rural citizens each and every day. FRS programs like this tour would not be possible without the support of our donors and sponsors.

Congressional Broadband Tour - Kentucky and Tennessee

“We’re really excited that the Foundation for Rural Service decided to come to Tennessee and Kentucky because the staffers many times live in Washington and work for rural Senators and Congressmen, but they don’t have a chance themselves to come out and see what it’s like in rural America—but they have to be up to date on the topics that are affecting rural America, so this allows the staffers to get out and come visit and see what it’s like on the ground in parts of the country that they wouldn’t normally see.”

Nancy J. White
North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC)

Perspective from the tour

I’m from West Virginia, so it’s very nice to go around and see other small communities. Really, this is a good opportunity for someone from my state to see best practices, see how they’re using telehealth, see how they’re hooking their schools up—really see the rough terrain and how they’re bringing really good access to communities that are very similar to our state.

Victoria Flood, Legislative Assistant, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W Va.)