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 […]

Brown Calls On Lawmakers To Provide More Funding To Expand Broadband Access

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown went before the Joint Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, urging lawmakers to support her call for investments to expand broadband access statewide. Brown has proposed an $118 million investment, with a focus on providing broadband access to underserved communities that, she says, have been disproportionately impacted during the […]

Robinson: Many Americans Lack Needed On-line Skills

The push is on to get every business and home in rural America connected to the Internet with high speed broadband. However, according to Vickie Robinson, General Manager of Microsoft’s Global Airband Initiative, connectivity alone is not enough to bring people online. She recently told House Ag leaders, for many people, impediments to be able to […]

Several Ag Related Projects Included In Washington Capital Budget

Over the weekend, Washington lawmakers approved a two-year state capital budget, House Bill 1080. Several farm focused projects across the state will get funding in the upcoming biennium, including: $4.2 million for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District $300,000 for the Selah-Moxee Irrigation District $235,000 for the Yakima Valley Fair in Grandview $5 Million in Funding for […]

Work Continues To Map Broadband Needs

Estimates vary on what it will cost to bring high speed Internet access to every home in rural America. Vickie Robinson with Microsoft Global Airband Initiative, recently told a House Ag Committee it could cost between $60-$80 billion to fill the many gaps that exist in broadband service. “I submit, however, that it’s hard to […]

Schrier: Broadband Is Vital For Rural Washington

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Kim Schrier participated in a House Ag Committee hearing focused on rural broadband. Lawmakers focused not only on internet connectivity needs, but also opportunities that exist in rural America. Schrier said a lack of broadband access in rural Washington holds the farming community back in a variety of ways. “Limited rural […]

Vilsack Focuses On Climate Change, Civil Rights Before House Subcommittee

Climate change, rural broadband and civil rights were among key topics as Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the House Appropriations Ag subcommittee earlier this week. While making sure upload and download speeds are increased in a way that makes sense with today’s broadband needs, Vilsack added climate change is also a priority at USDA. […]

FCC Looks to Consumers to Find Broadband Gaps

The Federal Communications Commission wants consumers to test broadband speeds to help find broadband gaps. As part of the Commission’s Broadband Data Collection effort, the FCC is encouraging the public to download the FCC’s Speed Test app, which is currently used to collect speed test data as part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program. […]

Biden: Rural Broadband A Big Part Of American Jobs Plan

Last week, President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion dollar American Jobs Plan. “I’ll begin with the heart of the plan. It modernizes transportation infrastructure; our roads, our bridges, our airports…” Speaking in Pittsburgh last week, Biden also addressed another issue that is important for rural America. “Millions of Americans lack access to reliable high-speed Internet. […]

Baldwin Lays Out Ag Appropriation Priorities

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin will serve as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture during this Congress. She said one of her top goals is helping the farming community recover from COVID-19. “There were a lot of underlying challenges to dairy and agriculture prior to the pandemic but the pandemic, as we know, wreaks […]