Once a month, Robyn Driscoll, President of the Democratic Party of Montana, visits KGVO’s Talk Back program to answer questions from listeners.
Driscoll kicked off the show by touting a bill by senior Montana Senator Jon Tester to use ARPA funds to expand high-speed internet access across the state.
“This is Tester bringing stuff home for Montana,” Driscoll began. It uses these funds ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Montana expands its high-speed Internet across the state. I think over the past two years we’ve all discovered the importance of high-speed internet, whether it’s ZOOM meetings for small and large businesses or online education for kids. who cannot enter the classroom.
Driscoll acknowledged the fact that large parts of Montana lack access to high-speed Internet.
“About one in three Montananese don’t have broadband access and that’s three times the national average and so on and that gap is of course even greater in rural Montana where three out of five Montanans are underserved,” she said.
Driscoll, the chairman of the Democratic Party in the state, took the opportunity to search Republican Governor Greg Gianforte.
“I have to dig here that our governor of course spent the last year criticizing ARPA, but he’s out there holding checks and taking credit for himself,” she said. “It’s something Jon Tester brought to Montana, not the governor. He fought at every turn and now he (Gianforte) marches by taking credit for it.
Driscoll also praised Tester for his “Right to Repair” bill before Congress.
“These big companies sell farm ranch equipment, and we all know, being from Montana, how expensive that equipment is,” she said. “A lot of it is computerized and when you go as a rancher or a farmer and buy a piece of equipment you don’t get a manual that shows you how to fix some of that because they want you to have to take it to a store.
Driscoll stayed an additional 30 minutes after its scheduled closing to answer more questions from listeners.
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