<p dir="ltr">DES MOINES, IOWA (June 11, 2020)&nbsp;- Governor&nbsp;Kim Reynolds and&nbsp;Lieutenant&nbsp;Governor Adam&nbsp;Gregg released the following statements after the Iowa House and Senate voted unanimously on 10 June to pass SF2400, legislation derived from recommendations of the Governor&rsquo;s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative:</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If Iowa is to succeed, we always have to be forward-looking and nimble to the demands of the ever-changing 21st century economy. Expanding broadband connectivity connects Iowans in every corner of our state to the new opportunities that exist in telehealth, education, and telework,&rdquo; said Gov&nbsp;Reynolds.&nbsp;&quot;By empowering rural communities through broadband connectivity, we chart a course for Iowa&rsquo;s continued growth and success.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Rural broadband has been a priority of this administration from day one, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the increased importance of broadband connectivity in the everyday lives of Iowans,&rdquo; said Lt&nbsp;Gov&nbsp;Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor&rsquo;s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. &ldquo;This bill is another step forward to help connect even more Iowans.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">SF2400 passed the Iowa Senate earlier Wednesday, and passed unanimously out of the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday, June 4.</p>

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