State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced Lenawee County will receive a total of $7,094,992 from the Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to bring broadband internet access to 5,441 local areas.
The money comes in addition to other federal efforts already being implemented, including a total of $3.2 billion appropriated by Congress to help low-income individuals access the internet during the pandemic, as well as state programs like the Broadband Expansion Act of Michigan (BEAM).
“This is a big win for our community. As I’ve had the opportunity to listen to our local school administrators, teachers, school board members and families, I’ve learned that rural broadband access is one of their biggest challenges as they take on virtual learning,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “It’s also a major concern for our local Lenawee County medical providers, particularly with the recent expansion of telehealth and telemedicine. As we become more dependent on technology and virtual connection, it’s essential that everyone have the necessary access to the internet.”
State Rep. Bronna Kahle today addressed the House Health Policy Committee in support of her plan to reduce the cost of prescription medications by requiring insurers to use all drug coupons received toward a patient’s maximum out-of-pocket costs or plan deductible.