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Sen. Angus King highlights broadband access as key component in infrastructure plan

The current framework roughly doubles spending on transportation and infrastructure over the next eight years.
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Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 6:22 PM EDT
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Maine (WABI) - Senator Angus King is working alongside fellow lawmakers to pass President Biden’s trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure plan.

The current framework roughly doubles spending on transportation and infrastructure over the next eight years.

While the framework would make improvements to things like roads, bridges and public transit, King says he sees broadband access as a key component of the plan.

He says throughout the pandemic we saw how important it was to get internet access to rural parts of the country, like Maine.

”It’s complicated, this is a major piece of legislation, you’re talking about really a revolutionary upgrade in broadband availability across the country, particularly in a place like Maine. That’s why I’m so intent on this,” King said.

King says they are continuing to work their way through the plan but it is a solid bipartisan group.

He says he is cautiously optimistc they will have the bill on the floor next week.

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