JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Senate passed a bill aimed at providing better internet connections to rural communities in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Northern Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said Wednesday morning the state Senate passed Senate Bill 3046 on a 49-3 vote.
BREAKING: Thanks to your help, SB3046 has just passed the State Senate 49-3. This bill creates the vehicle for the $100 million grant program for rural broadband in response to COVID-19. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. Let’s get this done!
— Brandon Presley (@BrandonPresley) June 24, 2020
The bill now heads to the Mississippi House of Representatives for further action.
Senate Bill 3046 aims to create the COVID-19 Connectivity Grant Program for the purpose of expanding broadband service to unserved or underserved areas of the state.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more Mississippians have been working from their homes and need fast and reliable internet to do their jobs. Many parts of the state do not have access to fast and reliable internet.
“This bill creates the vehicle for the $100 million grant program for rural broadband in response to COVID-19,” Presley stated on social media Wednesday morning.