CLIC is proud to announce that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will be speaking at our CLIC Day event on October 18, 2016, in Minneapolis. Senator Klobuchar has been deeply involved in efforts to improve the broadband status of citizens throughout the country for years, and is well-known for her efforts to connect the rural areas of Minnesota. She is credited with facilitating the federal government’s recent award of $85 million to Minnesota for rural broadband deployment, which will help connect more than 170,000 Minnesota homes and businesses to high-speed internet.
In an op-ed last December, the Senator described the life-changing results she has seen in communities that have prioritized investments in broadband:
“…instead of spending hours traveling by car, people who need to see a doctor can head to the local clinic and, with the click of a mouse, find themselves face-to-face with specialists from around the state. From delivering behavioral health services to providing specialized kidney treatments, health care professionals on the Iron Range are leveraging new technology and high-speed internet to improve their patients’ lives.”
Senator Klobuchar formed the bi-partisan Senate Broadband Caucus in July 2016 with Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Angus King (I-Maine), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) to “focus on strengthening broadband infrastructure and deployment across the country.” According to the Senator: “In an increasingly connected global economy, reliable high-speed broadband is essential to ensuring the competitiveness of rural communities and local businesses. The livelihoods of families, the success of students, and the bottom line of businesses should not be determined by where they are located and their ability to access high-speed internet.”
Please join us as we welcome Senator Klobuchar to CLIC Day. Register here.