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Congressman Rogers supports federal role in expanding Internet to coalfield regions
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:24 PM EST
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers says the federal government should have a role in spreading high-speed Internet access to the region's struggling coalfields.
Rogers said he hopes that's the start of federal investments for broadband access in hard-hit coal regions. As chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Rogers will have an influential voice in that debate.
Rogers was at the Kentucky Capitol to support a plan outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear in his budget speech to lawmakers Tuesday night. Beshear is proposing a $100 million project to expand broadband access in Kentucky. The proposal would be supported by $60 million in state bonds.