When you hear the word “rural,” what comes to mind? Probably farmland, small towns a ways away from large cities. Now think of the word “frontier,” and what comes to mind? Webster's defines it as “a region that forms the margin of settled or developed territory.” 7th District State Representative Joel Kretz wants to put the word “frontier” into state law to represent smaller rural so-called internet deserts and provide broadband infrastructure for rural areas. Kretz says efforts in the past to get funding to rural areas didn't make it that far:
Kretz spoke on Friday's KOZI Legislative Update. Kretz's bill, House Bill 1835, was first introduced last session; it's scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Innovation, Community & Economic Development & Veterans tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10:30.