Little Signs Bill To Improve Internet Connectivity

In an effort to connect more of Idaho to the Internet, Governor Brad Little recently signed Senate Bill 1199 into law. The legislation directs $45 million toward new investments in connectivity for underserved areas. This is in addition to the nearly $50 million made available for broadband investments last year. Supporters of the legislation say this will improve recent round of funding will improve commerce, economic growth, health care access as well as education in rural Idaho. Idaho was able to support more than 100 projects and improve connectivity for tens of thousands of households in rural Idaho last year with new broadband investments through the CARES Act.

“Added investments in broadband connectivity will assist with our ongoing COVID-19 response and present better opportunities for economic development in underserved parts of Idaho. I appreciate my partners in the Legislature – especially the floor sponsors, Senator Carl Crabtree and Representative Brooke Green, as well as Representative Megan Blanksma – for recognizing the need to build Idaho’s future through investments in broadband infrastructure,” Little noted.

Click Here to learn more about Senate Bill 1199.

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