One of the main reasons Jason decided to run for the House of Delegates was the lack of broadband access in rural Virginia. During COVID, his children participated in the Virtual Virginia program for their schooling, and it was a nightmare trying to make it work due to slow connectivity. It’s also an issue he continues to deal with in his role on the Pearisburg Town Council. In the 21st Century economy, access to high-speed broadband internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity. From expanding access to healthcare through telemedicine, to virtual work and education programs that increased during COVID, broadband has become a requirement for growing communities. Jason is an advocate for increasing rural broadband access through grants, tax incentives, and public/private partnerships.