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Tell Congress to Support Rural Broadband Coverage

Podcast / Newsline August 21, 2019

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American Farm Bureau Federation members want Congress to pass laws to improve rural broadband. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging farmers and ranchers to tell lawmakers why they should support the bipartisan Broadband Data Improvement Act. The legislation would improve maps used to target funds for rural broadband service. Mike Sistak, AFBF grassroots program development director, says farmers best know the need for rural broadband funding.

Sistak: It’s important that farmers and ranchers are heard on this because every state has rural areas that are not getting adequate broadband coverage. And farmers can especially tell the story of why it’s important for agriculture because modern agriculture requires broadband coverage.

Clements: Sistak says providing input to lawmakers can make a difference.

Sistak: Those who show up are the people who are heard from. So, if you have the time over the August recess to go to a townhall that your member of Congress is hosting, or to visit them in their district office, that is great. If you don’t have time for that, then it’s equally as important that you send a letter to your member of Congress letting them know your personal story and how this affects you.

Clements: Farm Bureau has resources making it easier to contact your member of Congress at fb.org/advocacy. Sistak says it’s important to tell your personal story.

Sistak: All members of Congress want to serve their constituents, serve their best interests in what’s going to be the best thing for their community at home, and telling your story is going to help your member of congress make that decision.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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