The head of the Rural Broadband Association says the COVID pandemic has spotlighted who is connected and who is not, and she expects it to continue to be a national priority with President-elect Joe Biden.
“That glaring gap of where you were able to access the technology really hit home,” said CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “When I talk to members of Congress, they would say it is the first thing that comes up in a townhall.”
The $900 billion COVID relief package passed by Congress in December included a $7 billion broadband internet investment. The bill sets aside funding to help low-income families pay for reliable internet service and included millions for telehealth and creating up-to-date broadband coverage maps.
Bloomfield said broadband has enjoyed bipartisan support through the ReConnect Program, which has invested more than a billion dollars since 2018. She expects the new administration to invest between $20 and $80 billion, based on preliminary discussions.
Source: Brownfield Ag News, scetv.com