Rep. Beth Griffin today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hurt rural Michigan families by vetoing legislation aimed at increasing access to broadband-based internet in underserved areas.
Whitmer rejected House Bill 4210, sponsored by Griffin. The measure was recently approved by the Legislature.
“The governor stresses the importance of increasing access to broadband, but when it came time to actually do something about it, she failed to help people in our rural communities,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “People need high-speed internet in all areas of the state – not just big cities and booming suburbs – and the COVID pandemic has dramatically accelerated this need. With this veto, the governor is hurting people in underserved areas of the state – patients who can’t get to a doctor and need telehealth options, kids who are relying more and more on online learning, and workers forced to do their jobs from home. These Michigan families face a connectivity crisis, and the governor refused to help them at a time they needed it most. I will continue to fight for our students, businesses, and families who were left behind as a result of this veto.”
Broadband service is generally defined as high-speed, always available internet access. It is costly to install – which is a problem in rural areas, which often have so few customers that companies do not see a return on investment.
Griffin’s measure would lower costs for companies like Bloomingdale Communications by exempting them from personal property taxes on broadband equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds.
Rep. Griffin talks about the Governor’s veto of her HB 4210, which focused on expanding rural broadband in Michigan. Rep. Griffin says she is puzzled by the Governor’s claim that speeds in the bill were not high enough, even though they met the federal standard and says the veto hurts rural Michigan families who would […]
Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan joined the Michigan House this week approving a budget plan to continue the state’s transition from the COVID pandemic to a brighter future.
Rep. Griffin speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to approval of her plan that would lower costs for rural broadband expansion by exempting providers from personal property taxes on high-speed internet equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds.