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Tester highlights dire need to strengthen rural Montana

October 21, 2015View for printing

One week after launching his #ConnectMT initiative, Senator Jon Tester today pushed U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development officials to better connect and invest in rural Montana.

During an Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Tester highlighted the dire need to increase investment in broadband, water, and wastewater facilities in rural communities to boost business opportunities and reverse the population decline in rural America.

"Our broadband is not where it needs to be," Tester said. "We have a lot of folks being left out of the 21st century economy in rural America and broadband access gives them the ability to reach additional customers in urban areas."
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