Presidential Candidate: Klobuchar Touts Broadband For 2020

— Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) last year turned heads in the tech sphere by suggesting Democrats could “run on” and even “win on” wonky-but-important issues like rural broadband on the 2020 campaign trail. On Thursday, she put that theory to the test by unveiling a major infrastructure proposal that seeks to “connect every household to the internet by 2022.” According to a blog post, the “plan will help close the urban-rural divide by creating accurate broadband maps to identify areas that lack adequate access … and provide greater incentives for existing providers to use funds to upgrade their networks to cover unserved and underserved areas.”

Source: POLITICO Morning Tech

From the Amy Klobuchar web site:

Amy is proposing a bold, trillion-dollar plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure, invest in our future, and create millions of good-paying American jobs.

Broadband Infrastructure Proposal:

Connect every household to the internet by 2022. Roughly one in four rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem. That’s why as President, Amy will connect every household in America to the internet by 2022. Amy’s plan will help close the urban-rural divide by creating accurate broadband maps to identify areas that lack adequate access, focus on bringing high-speed internet infrastructure to areas most in need, and provide greater incentives for existing providers to use funds to upgrade their networks to cover unserved and underserved areas. Broadband creates jobs, opens new economic opportunities, and allows America to compete and succeed in an increasingly digital world.

I would like to have more information on the How. Throwing money at the problem has not solved it yet.

 

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