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Senate approves measure that supports broadband access for rural areas

U.S Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today that the U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan amendment they introduced to promote investment in broadband infrastructure for rural areas. The amendment is part of the Senate's 2014 budget blueprint that passed the Senate early this morning.

"Access to reliable internet is critical to growing our economy," said Sen. Franken."People living in rural parts of Minnesota are just as entitled to high quality internet as those living in our cities and towns. Passing my bipartisan amendment will prioritize the expansion of broadband connectivity in rural areas, something that I will continue to work toward until every Minnesotan has broadband access."

"Geographic hurdles and historically low levels of investment have left many Nebraskans in rural areas without broadband service," said Sen. Fischer. "In a world increasingly driven by technology and communication, it is critical for citizens to have access to high-speed cable and internet services. This bipartisan amendment specifically identifies broadband infrastructure as a priority for the federal government as it considers deficit-neutral investments for the coming fiscal year."

The amendment was offered by Sens. Franken and Fischer and was approved unanimous consent.