On April 21, Forest City Republican Rep. Henry Stone voted to pass the Administration and Regulation budget bill, containing $100 million for broadband expansion.
Iowa House Republicans have made increasing access to high-speed, broadband Internet a major priority of the 2021 Legislative Session. Stone addressed the importance of this investment into broadband.
“As more people continue to work remotely and tele-health capabilities continues to expand, what was once seen as a luxury has now become a necessity,” said Stone. “Iowa House Republicans have made it a priority to not just increase internet speeds, but make sure Iowans in “broadband deserts” get connected to broadband internet. This significant investment will allow the state to aggressively build out Iowa’s broadband infrastructure, opening more opportunities for Iowans all across the state.”
House Speaker Pat Grassley praised the legislation as another campaign promise delivered upon by House Republicans.
“With this significant investment into broadband, Iowa House Republicans are delivering on another campaign promise made to constituents,” said Grassley. “This pandemic has accentuated the need to connect every Iowan to broadband to give them the ability to work from home, access tele-health services, use precision ag technology, and more."