Roll Call reports on Democratic candidates’ appeal to rural voters, including their views on broadband…
The proposals go well beyond traditional farm programs. Gillibrand, Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are all proposing new investments in rural health care and improving access to broadband internet.
Klobuchar’s campaign has made “a commitment to connect every household in America to the internet by 2022,” and Warren proposes a new “public option” for broadband service.
Warren wants federal preemption of state laws that may limit the ability of municipal governments to run their own broadband networks for their businesses and residents.
“I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly owned and operated networks — and no g
iant ISPs running away with taxpayer dollars,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Gillibrand is proposing a $60 billion investment in rural broadband.