RURAL BROADBAND: House Votes Down Governor’s Internet Bill

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The Republican controlled House voted on one of Governor Branstad’s legislative priorities but it didn’t pass.

Governor Branstad’s “Connect Every Iowan” initiative promised to bring high speed internet to more rural Iowans.

However, nine republicans voted against the bill Friday and only two democrats supported it in a 51-44 vote.

Democrats say the bill, which offered company tax credits to provide broadband services to underserved communities, didn’t do enough to address the problem.

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