Rep Stauber talks about broadband funding and local control of solutions

The Wadena Pioneer Jounral reports…

Rep. John Poston (R-Lake Shore) and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber were invited to speak to a group of Wadena County leaders and other interested citizens about their 2022 priorities on Jan. 3, chief among them was making 2022 better than 2021.

Rep Stauber mentioned broadband, although he voted against the Infrastructure Bill that secured funding

Stauber noted other high level issues he’s concerned about including securing the southern border, the energy crisis and bringing down inflation.

Stauber spoke about the growth of billions of dollars worth of broadband in the state but said the fruits of that infrastructure have not yet been seen.

He later brought up that even more funding for broadband is coming, and he is fighting for more of it to come to rural Minnesota, rather than the metro area. Speaking further on broadband, it’s Stauber’s goal to have local elected officials determine the type of broadband used in their community.

When asked about the Build Back Better Plan passing through the House of Representatives, Stauber shared that he voted against the bill because of the wasted money found inside and that committees were not given opportunities to weigh in on the bill.

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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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