WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is helping introduce a bill in an effort put rural communities on par with the rest of the nation’s economic opportunities.
The ACCESS BROADBAND Act is a bipartisan effort introduced by Baldwin and other lawmakers earlier this week.
The bill would streamline the various federal programs that aim to fund the expansion of broadband access.
Baldwin says a lack of strong rural broadband hits Northwest Wisconsin particularly hard. She says too many people are choosing to start businesses away from their rural home towns just to have a chance at survival.
“You know, when you learn that almost 700,000 households in Wisconsin lack access to high-speed broadband, you recognize that there are whole parts of the state that are being left behind in the 21st century economy,” says Baldwin.
Another reform introduced by Senator Baldwin aims to increase the number of internet exchange hubs, which are most often found in bigger cities along the East or West Coasts.