By Donna Westfall – March 29, 2017 – If you have been following the Board of Supervisors meetings (BOS) and read the articles in the local newspaper, you’ve heard these words many times, “We must support our congressman because he is working for us.” No one has been more vocal about this than Supervisor’s Cowan and Howard. So, when it came time for our board to support Congressman Huffman and his efforts to get high speed internet for us, this board stood silent like a deer in the headlights.
Congressman Huffman has submitted H.R. 800, a bill called “The New Deal Broadband Act of 2017.” It would develop a comprehensive strategy for broadband in rural and underserved areas such as Klamath and would provide technical assistance to local governments to develop deployment strategies for broadband in our outlying areas.
This is a no-brainer for us because Del Norte County has many areas that are not served by broadband. So, when Supervisor Berkowitz asked that the board submit a letter of support for Congressman Huffman’s bill and submit copies of letters to the House of Representatives leadership, specifically to to House Majority Leader McCarthy and Speaker Ryan, the silence was deafening. Incredible.