According to the Grand Forks Herald…
One feature of the [proposed farm] bill is a Community Connect Program that would help spread broadband access to rural and tribal communities, according to Smith.
“It will help to get funding to rural parts of the country to expand broadband. It’s a really important step and we need to do a lot more to expand broadband,” Smith said.
“Broadband is basically what connects anybody to the 21st century economy, education, healthcare and jobs. I’m really committed to working on this,” she added.
She seems confident that broadband will be a part of the bill…
Smith remained confident that a farm bill will pass that features broadband access expansion; improved renewable energy programs; farmer and ranch assistance networks; and continuing of the federal sugar program.
“Agriculture is not so much a partisan issue as much as it is a regional issue,” she said.