​​​​​​​In December 2022, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., launched a national oversight effort of federal broadband programs. He sent a letter to a broad group of stakehol​​ders, including NRECA, requesting input on the current broadband regulat​ory landscap​​e and federal programs. On Jan. 6, 2023, NRECA submitted a robust response to his oversight effort, sharing the cooperative perspecti​ve on federal broadband programs as well as providing suggestions for how to make improvements, ensuring that these programs are flexible and able to meet current and future needs of rural communities. ​