2020 Broadband Update from Senator Tina Smith: Community Connect and COVID support

A broadband update from Senator Tina Smith’s office…

Broadband/Telecom

  • $35 million in the omnibus spending bill for the Community Connect Grant Program, which provides grants for broadband in rural areas. Tina led this program’s inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • $250 million in the COVID relief bill for the FCC’s COVID Telehealth Program, which reimburses healthcare providers for telehealth equipment. Tina introduced a bill to do this.
  • $98 million in the COVID/omnibus bills to improve broadband mapping. Tina cosponsored this bill when it was originally introduced and she has cosigned letters advocating for improved mapping.
  • $3.2 billion in the COVID relief bill to help low-income/unemployed/tribal households’ maintain their internet. Tina cosponsored this bill when it was originally introduced.
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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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