Sen. Introduces Plan to Provide High-Speed Internet to Rural Residents

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., says rural residents are being left behind when it comes to both modern and older forms of communication.

To fix that, she's introduced a plan that would have rural post offices deliver high-speed Internet on top of their normal mail delivery duties.

"We're going to continue to do everything that we can to get postal service back where it belongs, at a quality category, for our rural residents," Heitkamp said.

Nearly half of rural North Dakota residents don't have access to high-speed Internet yet.

Heitkamp says this project would improve global connectivity for those communities while allowing post offices to remain economically viable.