Michigan Democrats Celebrate President Biden’s Historic Investment In High-Speed Internet Access For Rural Communities

This morning, the Michigan Democratic Party hosted a virtual press conference with the Livingston County Democratic Party Chair Judy Daubenmier and Allegan County Broadband Action Group Chairperson Austin Marsman to celebrate President Biden and Michigan Democrats’ historic investment toward expanding access to high-speed internet.

Community leaders applauded the $100 billion investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated to the Great Lakes State aimed at bridging the stark digital divide in rural areas of Michigan, so that folks can stay plugged in and connected even in the most remote areas across the state. Soon, every household and business in Michigan will have access to affordable, high-speed internet — all thanks President Biden and Democrats in Congress.

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“While Republicans spent four years talking about ‘Infrastructure Week’ without delivering results, and then voted against it when they had the chance, President Biden delivered on infrastructure and a massive economic recovery bill in less than 10 months – and voters will remember that,” Michigan Democratic Party Spokesperson Alyssa Bradley. “It’s shameful that six Republicans who represent areas that need broadband the most voted against it.”

“High speed internet in this day and age isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s the way people shop, look for jobs, get medical care, connect with family members. If you don’t have access to decent internet, you’re left out of the community in so many ways,” said Livingston County Democratic Party Chair Judy Daubenmier. “Thanks to President Biden we’re going to shrink the digital divide in Livingston County and Michigan.”

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us here in Allegan County finally connect homes and businesses to the internet — some for the first time,” said Allegan County Commission Broadband Action Work Group Chair Austin Marsman. “This is once-in-a-generation funding that will make generational change here in my community…I’m grateful to Michigan Democrats and the Biden Administration for pushing this Bipartisan Infrastructure Law because our rural communities can’t wait to compete.”

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