More on Broadband
Rep. Huffman’s (D-San Rafael) new bill to help connect rural communities to high-speed internet through federal public lands, the Public Lands Telecommunications Act, was heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources on Tuesday.
The bill would allow public land management agencies, like the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, to partner with private companies and nearby rural communities to expand broadband infrastructure and services.
North Coast Rep. Jared Huffman worked with fellow Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) and Rick Nolan (D-Minnesota) to introduce the New Deal Rural Broadband Act, an effort to close the digital divide and establish a broadband internet connection in every home, business and school.
The plan is based on Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal rural electrification model and aims to expand access to broadband internet in rural communities within the North Coast — and across the county — in order to compete in the world economy.
Congressman Jared Huffman visited the Mendocino Coast last week to do a little camping with his family and meet with constituents. He stopped by the newspaper office for an hour’s question-and-answer session that covered a range of subjects.