Internet Access Essential to Rural America

Internet Access Essential to Rural America

Jim Webb on Rural Town Hall Jim Webb on Rural Town Hall

September 24, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL strives to give rural American voters a voice and access to the 2016 presidential candidates. One fundamental way rural America stays connected is through the internet. That topic was a focal point during a recent taping with candidate and former Senator Jim Webb.

Throughout the show, Webb touched on the importance of broadband access when discussing healthcare and education. No one disputed the importance of internet access, but it was Kim Norvell, a reporter with the Des Moines Register who asked, "What do you think is the best way to bolster badly needed Internet service in rural communities?"

"I believe that in terms of Internet," said Webb, "we have to start looking at Internet the same way we look at telephone services and these sorts of things.  It doesn't mean you have to regulate them the same way.  I know the Wall Street Journal editorials on this, but it's become an essential part of how we do so many things in our lives and how we can take care of ourselves educationally and medically that there ought to be a push by the government.  It shouldn't have to be only a profit-centered enterprise to get the Internet out in these areas."

See more clips from RURAL TOWN HALL with presidential candidate Jim Webb.

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