Sen Klobuchar looks at 2021, including broadband

Duluth News Tribune posts a column from Senator Amy Klobuchar, which includes her hope for broadband in 2021…

This pandemic has exposed how critical access to broadband is for staying connected to work, school, health care support, and more. In Minnesota, 144,000 households still don’t have adequate access to high speed internet — including more than 11,000 households in St. Louis County. This is despite the good work we have done together in the past to get significant federal funding to St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties.

We made progress last year when two of my provisions were signed into law, one ensuring that students with the greatest financial need have access to high-speed internet and one providing funds to help the FCC improve the accuracy of its broadband availability maps.

But more action is needed to ensure all Americans have access to high-speed internet, regardless of zip code. I will continue to focus on making this a reality in the next Congress.

I am also urging the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to make infrastructure a key and immediate part of its agenda, including not only broadband but roads, bridges, ports, trails, and rail — all so important to northern Minnesota.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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