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VIDEO: Blunt Marks “Rural Broadband Month”

August 02, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to recognize August as “Rural Broadband Month” and highlight the importance of expanding high-speed internet to rural Missouri. Specifically, Blunt noted that expanding access to broadband internet in rural communities will benefit Missouri farmers and ranchers, expand access to health care, and improve the quality of education.

Following are key excerpts from Blunt’s remarks on the importance of expanding broadband:

“It's necessary to retain business from banks, from factories, from distribution centers, to small businesses. It's necessary to start and maintain a business, large or small. If that business is going to compete outside the local marketplace, you have to have that connectedness. …

“It's certainly critical for schools and libraries. Just today, a parent was telling me, you know, you really can't do the homework anymore unless you can get access somewhere close to where you live… Students depend on the internet for education and opportunity where we live today. …

“[A] revolution is taking place in agriculture. The great food-producing economy that we have produces more food all the time. … [Agriculture] uses wireless infrastructure, it uses data, the G. P. S. Structure to decide what should happen in a field at a given time on the field, data centers, autonomous systems. …

“Health care, rural hospitals and health clinics are able to use telemedicine to bring services at a level that otherwise would not be available. … You bring all of the resources that may be available hundreds of miles away right there to the point where questions are asked, information is handled, and suddenly somebody's life is saved because you had the capacity to have that kind of communication.”

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