The Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Ag Committee says investments in broadband are critical to the success of rural America. “We used to think in terms of the three R’s as in roads, railroads, and runways, and you can throw water into that,” Senator John Boozman of Arkansas tells Brownfield. “That’s how you developed an area. Now, if you don’t have broadband, though, you simply are not going to grow.”
He says there is bipartisan support for broadband infrastructure investments and while there is currently money in the pipeline for connectivity projects, it just needs to be allocated.