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      Senate Approves Fischer-Franken Amendment; Broadband to Rural Areas

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      U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)and Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that, early this morning, the United StatesSenate approved a bipartisan amendment they introduced to promote investment inbroadband infrastructure for rural areas.

      "Geographic hurdles and populationdensity challenges have left many Nebraskans in rural areas without broadbandservice. In a world increasingly driven by technology and communication, it iscritical for citizens to have access to high-speed cable and Internet services.This bipartisan amendment specifically identifies broadband infrastructure as apriority for the federal government as it considers deficit-neutral investmentsfor the coming fiscal year," said Fischer.

      "Access to reliable Internet is criticalto growing our economy. People living in rural parts of Minnesota are just asentitled to high quality Internet as those living in our cities and towns.Passing my bipartisan amendment will prioritize the expansion of broadbandconnectivity in rural areas, something that I will continue to work towarduntil every Minnesotan has broadband access," said Franken.

      The amendment was offered bySenators Fischer and Franken to the Senate budget and wasapproved unanimously by voice vote. Importantly, this investment does not addto the federal deficit.

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