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.