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Develop broadband via rural development matching grants

The candidates emphasized the need to improve access to affordable broadband, but disagreed on how best to achieve that goal.

Fischer cited congressional efforts to aid companies willing to serve rural areas, and to help smaller companies buy wireless spectrum from larger wireless companies to sell Internet access. She cited her recent efforts during farm bill negotiations to make sure that broadband development qualified for matching grants under rural development guidelines.

Raybould called for more direct federal investment. She said expansion of rural broadband should be treated the way the country once boosted rural electrification--as a public utility. She says federal investments, whether from existing cellphone fees, existing discretionary dollars, grants or tax bill rollbacks, should be directed at the areas receiving the least service now to stretch dollars further.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race , Aug 26, 2018

Design infrastructure to withstand climate change flooding

On water quality projects and flood fighting, Fischer & Raybould both said they see a federal role for supporting the efforts of local natural resources districts.

Fischer pointed to her work to improve water quality and her efforts to ease regulations that affect Omaha's sewer separation project.

Raybould says Congress needs to be more creative in its infrastructure requirements, raising standards for roads, bridges and other infrastructure so they can withstand flooding in a changing climate.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race , Aug 26, 2018

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