SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Senator John Thune from South Dakota could play a pivotal role in shaping the future of internet access in America should he become the head of the powerful U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Whether he takes charge of the committee or remains the second in command depends on Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate this November.
Thune could take on the lead role at a time when residents in even the most isolated parts of country demand faster Internet connections.
The committee has jurisdiction over issues including highways, space, product safety and insurance.
Thune could oversee changes to the country’s communication law that has been criticized for failing to keep up with innovation in cable, telephone and Internet.