Senators eye push to expand broadband in underserved areas

Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 10:24 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Senators from Maine and Nevada have a new plan to expand access to affordable high-speed broadband in underserved areas.

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada said their proposal focuses on building the “middle mile” of broadband infrastructure.

The “middle mile” refers to infrastructure that connects internet carriers to local networks and facilities such as schools, libraries and government offices.

The senators’ proposal would create a program within the U.S. Department of Commerce that would provide grants for such middle mile infrastructure.

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