Rep Fishbach lists policy highlights from 2021 – broadband makes the list

In Forum posts a letter from Representative Fischbach on her highlights and lowlights of 2021…

The 7th District covers most of western Minnesota and is one of the top ag-producing districts in the nation. However, approximately one in five farms lack access to high-speed internet. Getting high-speed access to every corner of our district is a top priority. That is why I was especially proud, as Ranking Member of the Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee, to work with fellow Republicans to introduce the Broadband for Rural America Act. The framework of this bill was incorporated into the Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act, which passed unanimously and was the only major broadband infrastructure proposal to advance through committee this Congress. It provides a massive investment in USDA rural broadband programs, additional technical assistance to rural communities and service providers, assists with confirming broadband availability maps, and offers increased program accountability and oversight.

Rep Fischbach voted against the Infrastructure Bill that will bring funding to broadband across the US.

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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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