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Whitmer again vetoes broadband for underserved communities

Last week, the governor vetoed, for the second time, a broadband bill that gives people in rural areas access to high-speed broadband. She’s more concerned about subsidizing the costs for people in urban areas, who have access to high-speed broadband, than giving access those of us in the rural part of the 25th District, who are one step up from dial-up.

The governor vetoed a similar bill earlier, citing concerns with speed requirements, so the Legislature sent her a new bill that addressed her concerns. However, her continued efforts to deny underserved communities with fast and reliable internet shows that she is simply not interested in helping more people get access to broadband.

The most recent bill she vetoed would have helped close the digital divide across the state and improve technological advancement by promoting broadband investments in underserved communities.

Actions speak louder than words, and the governor’s actions show that she has completely turned her back on rural Michigan families.