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Governors Urge Congress to Maintain 'Support' for USDA Broadband Programs in Farm Bill

The National Governors Association urged Congress Tuesday to “continue its support for” the Agriculture Department’s connectivity initiatives, including “the Rural Broadband Program, the Community Connect Program, and the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program” as part of the 2023 farm bill.…

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“These programs, in addition to” broadband funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and “the various Covid-relief packages, proved vital for rural communities” during the COVID-19 pandemic and “remain vital today,” NGA said. The House Agriculture Committee eyed codifying and making permanent USDA’s ReConnect program in June as part of the farm bill (see 2306210058).