Gov. Branstad's Plan to Expand Internet Access Won't Advance
A plan to expand broadband and Internet access to rural Iowans has been declared dead this session after lawmakers couldn't reach agreement. Democratic Senators Liz Mathis and Steve Sodders issued a statement Wednesday saying no attempt would be made to resurrect the measure, killing one of Governor Terry Branstad's main priorities this session. When the bill failed in the House, Mathis and Sodders considered legislation that they say would have been ``designed as a first step.'' They say Branstad's office adhered to key pieces of the bill the House had defeated.