Senators Klobuchar and Smith and Rep Hagedorn note support for broadband in infrastructure bill

MinnPost looked at what Minnesota’s delegation loves and hates about the Senate’s big infrastructure deal. Three of them were noted for their support of broadband…

Klobuchar, a staunch advocate for broadband expansion, said the bill includes funding based on her legislation with Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina to expand rural and tribal broadband and help low-income families get broadband access. The infrastructure package also included provisions from some of Klobuchar’s bills to combat distracted driving, help nonprofits and places of worship save money on energy efficient upgrades, support the Department of  Transportation in its work to cut down on human trafficking and involve veterans in the DOT’s modernization of the transportation workforce.

Smith called the legislation “much needed and overdue,” and said that “it is going to make a huge difference in Minnesota where we have billions of dollars of needs, and this is going to help us to fill those needs.” Smith said she was also “delighted” to see broadband investments in the bill as well as investments in public transit systems and clean drinking water.


Jim Hagedorn, Minnesota’s Republican First District representative, told the Star Tribune last month that he supports infrastructure in the form of roads, bridges, broadband, locks, dams, airports, rail, pipelines and sewers, but that the country doesn’t need “$600 billion for green energy mandates, Green New Deal, all sorts of excess.”

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

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