LANSING — Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is encouraging members to contact the state’s Congressional delegation to support two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing broadband expansion in rural communities.
“Alongside the American Farm Bureau Federation, we’re asking Congress to support the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (EBRIDGE) Act, which has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act in the U.S. House,” said John Kran, MFB’s national legislative counsel.
The EBRIDGE Act would remove hurdles for broadband projects, including difficult last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment while providing additional investments in USDA rural broadband programs that prioritize the most underserved areas.
“Broadband access is a necessity that’s yet to be sufficiently met in our rural communities and we don’t want Michigan to be left behind,” said Kran. “Adequate and affordable access to high-speed service enables us to continue to tap into new opportunities for health care, government services, education and local businesses.”
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— Michigan Farm Bureau
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