Senator Smith says farm bill focuses on expanded broadband

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.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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