Loebsack, Broadband Advocate, to Retire


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UPDATE U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) announced he’s retiring at the end of the 116th Congress. Loebsack was first elected in 2006, and will have served a total of 14 years at the end of this congressional session.

A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Loebsack has been an advocate for rural broadband connectivity and communications and workforce development. He visited a Crown Castle monopole cell tower site in Le Claire, Iowa last month. The tour coincided with the reintroduction by Loebsack and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) of the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019.

During the tour, Loebsack met with representatives from the National Association of Tower Erectors, the association’s Wireless Industry Network and Crown Castle. They discussed the daily work to build, maintain and deploy communications tower sites and related wireless infrastructure. He also saw the gear and personal protective equipment that tower technicians use to carry out their jobs.

In announcing his retirement, Loebsack said he looks forward to playing an important role in the new House majority in the nearly two remaining years of his term.

April 16, 2019

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